FILLION IN THE GAPS
The Master Chief remains faceless in Halo 5, and why not? In a firstperson universe where players can’t see your face anyway, earning a brandboosting notoriety for it is something of a coup. But the introduction of a rival Spartan fireteam does offer a new way of negotiating the process of character-player identification. We play as Locke, a flavourless avatar, but we can see Nathan Fillion, whose character, Edward Buck, is a long-term Halo fixture now promoted to ‘that guy whose face you see all the time’. In a series as committed to heroic anonymity, Fillion’s face is a big deal – he’s not quite as funny as he gets to be in Destiny, where he plays robotic Vanguard Cayde-6, but when you can look into his eyes, that’s not the point.