First off, I am going to start by saying, I am all for the idea of new spartan abilities. I think having thruster as default is one of the best things that could happen to halo, is it is a mechanic that has a skill gap. However, not all of the spartan abilities are like that.
That being said, sprint should not be in halo. Ever.
This is why.
No Skill Gap.
How can someone really use sprint more “skillfully” than another person? You can only move in one direction, you can’t shoot, and everyone moves the same speed. Sure there is the argument that your shields won’t recharge while sprinting, but think about what this actually does. Instead of the player running away dying like they should have without sprint, all this does is just delays the death to another place and time. If literally nothing changes to either spartan in the engagement, beside location and time, why the f*** do we have sprint?
The Game is Played WITHOUT Sprint.
Think about it.
What do you do when you aren’t sprinting? You play the game.
This is the reason why maps break so f***ing badly with sprint. The maps are designed for base level movement, because that is how spartans really interact with each other. When you add in sprint, it breaks that dynamic of the map.
That being said, the only way sprint would work, is if you can still shoot while sprinting. And then, if that is the case, why not just bump the movement speed way up and say that your spartan is sprinting all the time (which I thought was originally the case anyway).
Rewards Poor Performance.
From playing Reach or H4, how many of you at any point have been like “I should have killed that guy, but he got away because of sprint”? 100% of you. Guaranteed. Why then are we giving people who make bad plays, the ability to get out of them? This doesn’t teach that player anything, and because of that, effectively makes the gameplay significantly more shallow. There is no depth to getting away, all you have to do is press a button and run behind a wall. Without sprint, not making bad decisions and getting away is an artform. That’s why some of the professional players like pistola are considered wizards or gods, because they come up with the craftiest ways to turn the tides in battle. With sprint you give that power to everyone with a button, something that doesn’t make any sense.
343, H5 is your last chance. I really want Halo to continue, but if you f*** this up with sprint and other unnecessary abilities, Halo Will Die.