Video games used to be so simple. All you had to do was reach the end as quickly as possible. But in recent times, developers spend more and more time perfecting every minuscule element of their title. Every room is meticulously designed. Minor characters are given backstories long enough to fill a novel. If you want to take a break from the main campaign, you can explore the world or try out a few side-quests.
To some, these aspects are inserted to pad out the run-time. But just became a mission isn't necessary doesn't mean it's not worth checking out. In fact, there are some games where you should actively avoid the story as much as possible.
The bonus missions in South Park are crammed with Easter eggs that any fan of the show will love. The Final Fantasy franchise is filled with superfluous characters that add to your gaming experience. Horizon Forbidden West has so much to explore, it would be criminal to skip past it.
Even though you don't need to complete these sections to win the game, they are absolutely worth your time.
9. South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Like South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole has its fair share of side-quests. By taking part in these additional activities, you can unlock art, costumes, weapons, and summons.
However, there's another reason why you should pursue these extra missions - They're hysterical. By performing the (You Can) Call On Me quest, you can unlock a power-up, a Callsheet, and a Selfie. However, the real reward is having to fight the leader of a Mobile Phone shop, who happens to be king of the crab people. It's so ridiculous, (even by South Park standards), you can't help but laugh.
In the Touch the Sky mission, you team up with Seaman, meet Gay Fish, go to Heaven, speak to Jesus, and take part in a mini-game that mashes together Flappy Bird, Robot Unicorn Attack, and Kanye West's Only One. Sections like this are non-compulsory and yet, the creators make it as entertaining as possible.
It's also worth checking in with the school counsellor, Mr. Mackey, since he'll allow you to change your ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. Although alterations like this in games are often cosmetic, these changes alter how characters speak and fight you, often leading to hilarious banter.