It's fair to say that the quality of video game side missions can vary wildly, with some serving as acceptable yet hardly essential diversions, while far more tend to end up as repetitive copy-paste time-wasters.
Then there are those rare games which actually dare to put an over-the-odds - and, frankly, baffling - amount of effort into their side quests and optional missions. As such, some of these peripheral sorties ended up being at least as entertaining and worthwhile - if not more so - than even the mandatory main content.
If most side missions aren't much more than "good enough" asides, these 10 side quests all demand to be played, because they're the sure cream of the crop.
Whether gut-bustingly hilarious, totally unexpected comic relief missions, unexpectedly deep and well-written side stories, or brilliantly enigmatic feats of sly world-building, they're all enormous credits to both the games and the digital worlds within which they reside.
Though you'd be forgiven for missing some of these quests, they're all absolutely worth seeking out, because the B-plots don't come much more nuanced or unforgettable...
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