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10 Video Game Side Missions That MASSIVELY Change The Main Story

It pays to explore.

Rockstar

Side missions have historically been a mixed bag. Usually found amongst RPGs and open-world adventures, they’re a good way of expanding a game’s lifespan, exploring the wider world that may seem out of place within your main quest.

When done well, developers can shine a new light upon their in-game universe, introducing us to exciting new characters, lore or gameplay aspects and usually end with a reward, most commonly additional EXP or a new item.

If executed poorly though, they become quite tedious and act as little more than filler content, much to the bane of completionists. This isn’t always the case though and sometimes, we find these missions hugely impacting the main story.

Occasionally this only relies on a one-off quest but other games often requires a wider effort, needing players to meet certain criteria to trigger a change, like collecting a full item set.

They’re more impactful than the name suggests and whilst it’s often tempting to rush to the end, it rarely pays off to do so. From better character development to different endings, here’s why its worth taking your time.

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Long-time fan of games, counting Virtual Reality and platformers amongst my main interests but we could easily spend hours discussing comics or Doctor Who. Graduated in Computing so sometimes has an opinion on technology, can be found on Twitter at @Terranauts93