I have always been a fan of Halo. One of the main reasons for this is because of the way it is able to create a dramatic storyline within a fictional universe, without resorting to the killing of humans, or resorting to gore.
I have my own personal views and I believe for myself that it is unhealthy to play games where you kill other people (I know that I for one do become desensitized when doing so, I can’t speak for anyone else, just me). That in itself cuts down the number of games I am willing to play by rather a lot. Everyone is saying how great this year is going to be with good games, but not for me. I have no MW3 or BF3 to look forward to (I had to download the BF3 demo just to see how good the graphics were).
Now I think this also applies to very violent games, take for example Gears of War. I am all for realism and dark, gritty, aspects to games, but when sheer brutality from the player controlled character just doesn’t sit right with me (such as having a chainsaw on the front of your gun).
As such I would ask anyone in 343 who may be reading this, please don’t make the chief kill humans in Halo 4 as it would mean I couldn’t buy or play the game. Now I don’t mind if perhaps it is optional, but allow me to complete the game without having to do so and it will be fine.
Again, I am not saying this is everyone’s experiences, just my own personal beliefs, I hope that 343 continue the tradition that Bungie set down in this regard, and that I am able to be the first in line on launch day.