There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

The Halo 4 launch trailer was predictably big budget, but what I found most interesting was how human they made Master Chief look. We usually just see him as a giant hulking killing machine, all armour and visor, but Tim Miller and David Fincher's clip goes right ahead and actually takes the mask off the hero.

We not only see his childhood and the origins of his introduction to the Spartan program, but a great sequence where we see his trademark armour applied by a team of scientists. In a few of these shots, there's a lot of Master Chief on display, so much so that you can almost see his face, which is one of the greatest mysteries in all of video games.

If you squinted hard enough. And used your imagination.

There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

The trailer opens with Master Chief being "scanned". While a rapid zoom effect shows us a flash of skin and blue eyes, the only good look we get at his face is at the bones under it.

There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

Oh. Look. There's his face. Right there, out in the open (so doesn't count).

There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

Waking up after he's been surgically transformed into a super soldier, Chief sees that his body is messed up. Maybe it's time for some self-reflection, and a look in the mirror...

There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

...nope. We get a look at his back and a bit of the side of his face, as he realises he's one of the only subjects to have survived the process. So lonely.

There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

Cut to a test chamber and his famous armor is being attached.There it is! If only we could zoom in. But we can't, because the face has been ever-so-slightly smudged by the effects team. Oh, you teases.

There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

Close, but no cigar.

There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

Again, with the Darth Vader-inspired stuff, but no, no full-frontal shot of his face. Or anything else.

There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

There's a part of his face. A tiny bit. From the front.

There's Five Spots We Get THIS Close to Seeing Master Chief's Face in the New Halo 4 TrailerS

And then it's back to the scanning and some combat, all of which features the big guy with his helmet on.

So, no shot of his face. And you wouldn't expect Microsoft to just give it away like that in a trailer, anyway. But between the jaw, the back of the head and his skin tone, if anyone wants to fire up Photoshop and give us their best/worst shot, I won't stand in your way. It shouldn't be too hard to imagine a video game hero who's tall, muscular, white, with short hair and blue eyes....