We’ve settled into sifting through our favorite characters and the way their clad. What’s been produced after a few days of brainstorming is a list we’d hardly consider definitive, so get set to enjoy our randomness and attempts at reason.
The 10 best dressed gaming characters run, in no particular order, like so…
The Italian plumber wears one of the most iconic costumes the gaming world has ever known. The overalls, the red shirt beneath, the 'stache and the initialed hat make Mario, and his properties, instantly recognizable. Plus, like a few more on this list, it's a classic.
The tights match the personality of the man within; Qwark is bombastic, over-the-top, and comically worthless…just like his spandex. This outfight makes Ratchet & Clank’s Qwark Qwark, and it's one of Insomniac's best.
Much like Mario above, part of the love for Link's duds comes from the classic and iconic nature of the character and the way he’s always looked. Nintendo used these greens, or a minor alternative to what you see above, to connect characters with timelines and locations throughout the Zelda universe. Wind Waker did the tunic best by starting players with a Link sans greens. Earning them made the game feel like a Zelda adventure.
Leaving Chief off of the list, no matter how tired of him I personally am, would be an outright mistake. The most recognizable version of Spartan armor that saw this soldier move into battle with the Covenant defined not only a character, but a franchise. Halo = Master Chief for a lot of people around the world, and part of that connection comes from Chief’s armor.
The raccoon thief that furry fans love just a little bit too much. Sly Cooper is, as far as I’m concerned, Sucker Punch’s greatest contribution to the game character arena. His thieving costume plays a large part in that appeal. The natural burglar look of the raccoon coupled with a sweet staff and raccoon belt make Sly one of my favorites…because I’m nerdy, not because of some weird, costumed animal fetish.
Sex appeal and style made the original Lara Croft costume design epic enough to hit this list. While the Crave staff may dig the look of the new, upcoming Croft more than her sexed out, boobified predecessors, the original top and shorts defined an era in ogling game characters. And, much like other strong female gaming leads, Croft’s character and abilities made her rough and tumble nature one most gamers still love to this day.
Ken took Ryu’s white and made it his own badass red. Or, more specifically, Takashi Nishiyama and Hiroshi Matsumoto designed Ken as a secondary, badass, red, American, loose cannon version of Ryu. Everything about Ken screams flamboyance and flare, so his red gi is perfect.
The blue suit, white shirt and blazing red tie may not mean much to gamers that have never donned the threads and screamed “OBJECTION!” at the top of their lungs, but fans of Phoenix Wright know damn well what this costume stands for. Odd choice? Maybe. But I always loved Wright’s look while prosecuting the heinous and corrupt.
I’m talking about the Power Suit wearing Samus, not the bikini flaunting or Zero Suit sporting variety. While those are great, especially the surprise nature of the bikini’s reveal, the original Power Suit stands as one of Nintendo’s darkest and most challenging character models in early gaming. This tough, exoskeleton gave gamers the courage to travel into the unimaginable depths of Space Pirate madness and soul sucking Metroids.
The King of All Cosmos
It’s the frilly shirt, weird neck thing and yellow lion belt buckle that do us in as far as the King of all Cosmos is concerned. Talk about wondrous dressings, whether the King is out boozing or giving the Prince shit, he looks great. That’s just fact.