In the early days of video gaming, fancy outfits were not an option. The Space Invaders were as indecent as they were violent, and Pac-Man made his rounds with his pellets hanging out. As time wore on and graphics got better, this simply wouldn't do, and characters needed real costumes and outfits.
Among video game outfits, there's perhaps none more revered than the suit. Be it a fancy dining jacket, or a metal suit with special powers, suits are one of the cornerstones of video game character design. Here is our celebration of the greatest videogame suits.
Most of the "greatest suits" in video game history are suits that have some effect on gameplay. The suit worn by Tim, main character of Braid, is not one of these. While it has no bearing on the character's powers (unless it's a time travel suit and I missed something, but I doubt it, because the dinosaur didn't mention it, and I trust that guy), it does give the game an interesting, classy aesthetic. There's something endearing about a character going through a big, messy adventure who insists on wearing a suit, like a tiny pixelated Christopher Nolan.
Throughout the Metal Gear Solid series, Snake has had a variety of interesting suits, ranging from an unlockable tuxedo to a cardboard box, but perhaps the most useful suit worn by Snake is the "OctoCamo" from MGS4. This suit, given to him by Otacon (who else?), is a smart camouflage that can blend into any environment, and even match the temperature of the surrounding area. As you might expect, this makes a sneaking mission much easier. In fact, a little too easy. Wow, I just lost all respect for Snake. It's like he's not even trying anymore. (Just like Kojima. Boom, roasted.)
One could say that James Bond's suit doesn't give him any extra powers in Goldeneye 007 (the quintessential Bond game), but that leaves out the watch, one of Bond's most stylin' accessories. Not only is it a chick magnet, but the watch, given to him by Q, allows him to do much more than he could otherwise, like cut things with a laser, or control time itself by pausing the game. While the rest of the suit is less powerful, saving the world with little more than a tuxedo to protect him just adds to Bond's indomitable sense of swagger.
Mega Man's suit is technically part of his body, but before he became a buster-armed hero, he was simply an android lab assistant with no fighting powers. It took being fused with his signature armored suit to become the Blue Bomber we know today. What's cool about Mega Man's suit is that he can absorb the powers of the bosses that he destroys. For example, once you defeat Air Man, you get miniature tornadoes that you can use to defeat other bosses. Taking the powers of a boss can have it's downsides, however, as evidenced by the time that Mega Man defeated Diarrhea Man and had to be sidelined from the game for a few days.