The stars of Anthem are obviously the powerful javelins. These mech suits are really cool and deadly in the hands of a skilled pilot. But the citizens of Anthem seem to care more about something else: masks. They really, really love masks.
The first time I reached the hub city of Tarsis, I explored it and found new quests, met characters and found notes and other collectibles. However, as I spent more time in the city I noticed how many folks in Anthem wear masks. At first, I thought it was just a few people, but soon I discovered nearly half the population of Tarsis is wearing various masks.
Some of these masks are sensible. They don’t seem like they would get in the way much.
Other masks seem annoying. They look like they would frequently cause problems, like making it hard to walk around the city.
I honestly don’t even understand how some folks actually see while wearing some of these masks. Perhaps they are filled with sci-fi tech that lets them see the world around them?
If that is the case, why not skip the mask altogether. Why are these masks so popular or necessary? What are the reasons for so many choosing to wear these things?
It could be a fashion trend as I did notice certain masks were more common than others. Maybe full metal face masks are really in right now.
After taking dozens of screenshots, I reckoned I'd seen all the masks there were. But no! It seemed each time I loaded up Fort Tarsis I would encounter a new mask.
Sometimes they were hard to spot. NPCs facing a shop were hard to look at and photograph. Other NPCs were in crowds, making it hard to get a good angle of them.
Beyond just masks, the citizens of Anthem also love hats and hoods. They would even mix masks and hoods and hats together to create new styles.
The fashion in Anthem has me asking a lot of questions in general. How much time do folks spend on picking out the right mask? How much time do they spend putting on arm and wrist bands? Also, where are they buying these masks?
I looked around Fort Tarsis and didn’t see a mask shop. I could find armour for sale, but not fancy masks.
Masks are so prevalent in the game that they even pop up in some cutscenes.
EA and BioWare seem to have big plans for Anthem, including new missions and weapons. I also suggest adding more masks. More colours, shapes and styles. Let players buy some masks too. I feel like an outcast without a cool mask. I don’t want the people in Anthem to snicker when I walk by, saying to each other in hushed tones things like: “Look at that dude. He doesn’t even have a mask.” or “Wow. What a fashion loser. Get a mask, loser.”
For now, I’ll just stick to my javelin, which is totally cooler than a mask. I don’t even want a mask, honestly.