In the world of videogames, it doesn't need to be Halloween to put on a mask and go take candy from strangers (or whatever personal belongs you can find in the treasure chests they have lying around). Videogame masks come in all shapes and sizes and can do all sorts of things - from hiding someone's identity to LITERALLY BRINGING ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD. Also, sometimes they can make doors kill you.
Anyways, these are our top 10 masks in videogame history...
Handsome Jack's mask is a pretty weird one - because, well, it's pretty much just his face. Or, rather, how his face is SUPPOSED to look, if not for the deformed Vault-style branded his actual face got. The mask says pretty much everything about the character of Handsome Jack - how self-obsessed he is, how vain he is, and how OUT OF HIS MIND he is. And since Handsome Jack is one of the best things about an already-great game, we gotta give the mask some credit.
Psycho Mantis - which, REMINDER, is just a cool-as-hell name - has a mask that serves basically no purpose (other than to hide the scars from when he burned down his childhood village). Mantis' reasoning for the mask is to block out the thoughts of others from his mind, since he's read enough minds to be generally repulsed by humanity in general. There's no real reason it has to be a gas mask - other than it looks really cool for this floating guy in a gas mask magically intuit what other Playstation games you've been playing.
There are so many masks in Payday 2, and so many that are references to or straight-up recreations of other famous masks, it's really difficult to choose one to stand above the others (especially since none of the masks have any additional benefits or effects, other than your own personal preference as to which one looks cooler). But if you DID have to choose one, probably go with the Dillinger Death Mask. It's the rarest mask in the game - the odds of getting it are about 1 in 1 million - and it's also the creepiest by far. Based on the actual death mask of one of the most infamous bank robbers in American history, it's just frightening to imagine someone ELSE wearing a dead bank robber's face to continue robbing banks.
Then again, it'd be pretty terrifying to be robbed by a guy in a clown mask. Or any mask in Payday 2, since odds are THEY'RE GOING TO KILL EVERYONE.
Konahrik is the final Dragon Priest Mask obtainable the the non-DLC-ized Skyrim - and, nicely, it's the only one that doesn't look identical to the other masks. And while each mask in Skyrim could be considered 'the best' depending on what kind of character and playstyle you're going for, if we're being objective, we gotta go with Konahrik (if we're NOT being objective though, it's TOTALLY Volsung. Anything that gives you additional carry weight is the best). Konahrik will save you from the brink of death and even occasionally summon a spirit, who shoots ice magic and reanimates the dead to help you out a little. Then again, it IS a little weird that you're able to wear so many masks and none of them get in the way of you performing Dragon Shouts throughout the game. You'd think they'd muffle a Fus-Ro-Dah a little.
What if the mask from The Mask was evil? Like, not "gives Cameron Diaz a career" evil, but like "turns you into a murder-machine" evil? That's the question posed by Splatterhouse (given, this was a couple years before The Mask, so maybe the question should be reversed). The Terror Mask bonds itself to you - a dying dude whose girlfriend just got kidnapped by monsters - and turns you into a hulking, masked killer (aka Literally Jason From Friday the 13th But Sorta Good).
The mask got de-Jason'ed later after some VERY APPROPRIATE copyright complaints.
The best thing about Hotline Miami (beyond the awesome neon 80's aesthetic, the incredible music, the utter brutality of the action, and the great throwback top-down design) are the masks, each of which gives you a different advantage. And the best mask is probably the Don Juan mask (the one that looks like a horse head) - which makes door slams fatal. That's right - in addition to all the other things you can use to ultra-murder your foes in Hotline Miami, you can even use doors to paint the rooms red with the blood of your enemies. Thank goodness for horse masks.
Much like Bane, no one really cared who Corvo was before he put on the mask. Well, SOME people did, but mostly a shadowy conspiracy that wanted to use Corvo as a scapegoat for the planned coup. But still, Corvo truly becomes a force to be reckoned with after getting this cool steampunk-meets-Skeletor mask from Piero Joplin.
The mask can do it all - give Corvo super-far vision, target enemies, protect him from the rat plague, and most importantly hide his identity. Although, "the guy with the metallic skull-face" is probably gonna be pretty recognizable almost instantly.
Aku Aku is a pretty rare instance of a mask becoming an actual character itself within the series. Although he started as (more or less) a mute power-up, he took on a pretty significant role in Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, battling his younger, evil-er brother-mask, Uka Uka (CLEVER NAMING SCHEME, GUYS). Any hovering mask that grants you invincibility and helps you beat up its little brother deserves a spot on this list.
The multiple masks worn by the Spy in Team Fortress 2 are what defines him - but these masks are a LOT more impressive than they look (when you can actually SEE the mask, that is) - the masks are so convincing normally that they make the Spy appear to be an entirely different person. From top to bottom, their entire body and being turns into that of another person and another class. That's some Batman's Scarecrow style mindfuckery - all achieved with a little bit of deception and a whole lot of masks.
It may not be the most powerful mask (that would be the Fierce Deity's Mask, which was super-powerful but rarely used) or the most iconic (that would be Majora's Mask, but that got its ass trounced by the Fierce Deity) - but it's easily the most fun. The Goron Mask turns Link into one of the lumbering, rock-eating giants - which is great 'n all - but the best part is that it allows you to roll around like a Goron, which is more or less the most fun thing in the entire game - and allows for one of the best boss battles in the series (against a rampaging giant bull). Also, you have super-strength and an immunity to fire, but the super-rolling is the best excuse for a terrifying body transformation ever.
Don't agree with our rankings? Well, instead of whining in the comments section, why not vote for the best videogame masks yourself to prove to us how wrong we are? That's right, commenters - it's time to put your money where your mouth is....by voting for YOUR favorite videogame masks.