The Top 10 Best Side Quests Ever
Side Quest #10: GTAIV – Hating The Haters
The side quest ‘Hating The Haters’ is pretty standard GTA stuff, take phone call, meet guy and so on. What makes this so memorable, however (as is the case with much of Rockstar’s output) is that this hardcore, po-faced gangsta stuff resolves itself in a ridiculous chase on pink Faggio motor-scooters. At the time, we laughed so hard one of our faces burst off.
Side Quest #9: Final Fantasy VII – Chocobo Breeding
Side quest in the traditional sense? Perhaps not, but successful breeding of the ultimate Golden Chocobo results in the attainment of the Knights Of The Round Materia, which in turn facilitates the defeat of Emerald Weapon, which in turn unlocks three Master Materia and on it goes. Overall, it’s an enjoyable excursion that’ll take you a good twenty hours.
Side Quest #8: Red Dead Redemption – Flowers For A Lady
This side quest is one of the ‘Stranger Missions’ you’ll happen upon from time to time. Sometimes a good side quest isn’t all about the doing, but instead about the punch line. This side quest in Red Dead Redemption has one of the best. Since it may prove a minor spoiler for some, we’ll leave it to you as to whether you want to watch the whole vid.
Side Quest #7: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – A Night To Remember
Since this side quest may constitute a spoiler of sorts, we’ll leave it to you whether you want to watch this brilliant video. In summary; think the movie The Hangover. You wake up remembering nothing of the night before and have to piece together exactly what debauchery you took part in. Brilliant side quest and brilliant riff on a pop culture meme.
Side Quest #6: Dragon Age 2 – All That remains
Side quests like this don’t really feel like side quests at all, and you know why that is? because this one isn’t. It’s a plot quest, but we would argue that there really aren’t any plot quests in Dragon Age 2. The whole game felt like a bunch of disconnected side quests. This was its best, so we don’t mind bending the rules a little here, though we’re certain somebody’s going to stick a comment in somewhere like’ That’s not a side quest! That’s not a side quest! You can’t have that one! Lame. Idiot,’ and so on. Before you do, we’ll make the playground caveat that if you so much as mention it, you automatically smell of wee.
Side Quest #5: Fallout 3 – The Superhuman Gambit
Side quests come in many different flavours, some emotional, some exciting and some that are just plain damn funny. The Superhuman Gambit side quest from Fallout 3 falls very much into the latter category. Two men, both believing they’re superheroes, go head to head. It’s The AntAgonizer Vs. The Mechanist; only your intervention can decide the outcome in this hilarious side quest.
Side Quest #4: Knights Of The Old Republic – Unidentified Republic Solder (Hrakert Station)
Some side quests have no video, only sweet, sweet memories. A bit of a random side quest this one, and not necessarily something that everyone agrees is a side quest in the traditional sense. On Hrakert station, you’ll ‘meet’ a Republic Soldier, hidden in a locker and too afraid to come out. You can be a good Jedi and coax him out or leaving him alone, but if you’ve been a bad boy (or girl), the option appears ‘Insert Lightsaber Into Locker’ – you had to be there.
Side Quest #3: The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Whodunit?
Side quests this good only come around about, oooh, once every five years or so. We’re getting into the upper echelon now; the best of the best. Whodunit? – a part of the Dark Brotherhood side quest line – put players in a house with half a dozen guests. The player had to murder them one by one without anyone else cottoning on that it was you. The most brilliant part of this is how they all started accusing one another, just like in a real murder mystery. This side quest is the dog’s pyjamas.
Side Quest #2: Mass Effect 2 – Jack: Subject Zero
When it comes to side quests everyone will have their favourites in Mass Effect 2. For us it was Jack’s loyalty side quest entitled Jack: Subject Zero. As well as being kick-ass in terms of atmosphere, story and action, it also has a very pronounced and effective emotional core. When we play this, we feel. And that is a commodity that very few videogames can claim to instil. Awesome side quest.
Side Quest #1: Fable III – Hollows & Hobbes
As far as side quests go, from concept to punchline, this is, in our opinion the finest piece of outside the box thinking ever to appear as a side quest in a commercial RPG. You may disagree, in which case, feel free to call us all a bunch of ****s in the comments below. Everyone else does. Happy side questing!
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