Halo lost its identity - Judge for yourselves if this is unpopular or not.
The gaming market is oversaturated with games that have sprint and enhanced movement, so Halo alienates players that are used to said games, hence everybody crave sprint as if its the ticket to a successful game.
New Halo players don't give a chance to the classic gameplay for a number of reasons:
* They firmly believe faster is better (countless videos out there full of arguments and proof of why this isn't the case btw)
* They either don't care (just playing casually)
* They are too clung to their opinions rendering them unable to see a different perspective
* They actually give classic Halos a chance but get absolutely stomped online. (Blame the mm system, its broken, it wasn't like that back in the day)
Accepting that Halo is vastly different to what it used be, doesn't mean you have to stop playing/enjoying you favorite Halo. I praise the first Halo trilogy yet i have my own dislikes about the classic Halos.
P.S. Please give the classics a chance, (before you use my argument against me, feel free to check my stats, countless hours on 343's Halos)
Most classic fans, including me, gave a chance to the new Halos and its the reason we have such strong opinions on the matter. It's not about proving whos wrong or right here, its about preserving the nature of the game.