I'm forced to play a generic, one-dimensional marine for most of the campaign?oh u mean like master chief was back in halo 1,2,3
also rookie and noble 6
give me a break
master chief stopped being generic at 4
Locke has had one game give him a break
Master Chief being "generic" was what made him the great centerpiece for Halo that he... apparently... was. We never saw his face and this, for many gamers became our way of embracing him. Many gamers felt a connection to him on a personal level because his anonymity allowed them to step into his boots and his role and become him.
Years ago, during the age of H2, the very... very skilled players were often referred to with comments like "[insert GT here] is the Master Chief" I can even remember one GT, called (I believe) HebrewHammer. Many Halo players said that about him because he was that good. There was an aura of mystery in that aspect and people could relate to it.
BTW, being the strong, silent type doesn't make you "generic" if you know what to say and when to say it.
Master Chief didn't stop being "generic" at 4, his character began to change as a result of the story's plot. Yet another thing that IMO, helped to contribute to H5's campaign falling flat. Just as we started to get a bit of a feel for how his character may evolve and wonder how Cortana's [non] death would affect him... a very intriguing idea if you ask me... we get "Oh... yeah, sorry. You can just forget about the Chief and focus on this new guy. We'll throw in a few mercy missions for you since we know you kinda liked him."
Is it any wonder people who dislike Locke do so with such fervor? It's like Chief got thrown under the bus... for a flipping MP.
After Halo: CE, I admit... I wasn't completely sure how I felt about Chief. But I found him intriguing and there wasn't really much that I disliked about him, considering what little I knew. That's after "he had one game".
Locke came out of the gate with an aura of brashness and arrogance ("Every target is just another target.") and despite his good qualities that displayed later on, he never overcame his first impression for me.
In short, there was a time when Chief had "had one game" as well. Sorry Locke, but it's a fail.