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Submitted by jimmins 1528d ago | opinion piece

The Top 10 Best Side Quests Ever

360 Magazine: Side Quest are fun, but which side quests are the best ever? Which side quests would make your side quest top 10? Here follows ours... (PC, PS3, Retro, Xbox 360)

Dailynch  +   1528d ago
Lol, i forgot about most of these. The Skyrim and Oblivion ones really show just how fantastic Bethesda can be.
gaffyh  +   1528d ago
In Oblivion, I really liked the side quest where you go into the painting. That was an insane quest, and it completely changed how the game looked. They could have made an entire game like that
TopDudeMan  +   1528d ago
Yeah, that and every single dark brotherhood quest were awesome.
StraightPath  +   1528d ago
Bethesda is also responsible for making some boring mundane and repititive quests. If only there quest were all interesting but unforutunately not.
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1528d ago
Only problem is 1 out of 10 side quests being good doesn't cut it. The rest are run here do this, kill this and done quests.

Hell even the bigger side quests were bad. The College for example was a pretty bad one. I'm not gonna spoil it, but for those who played it, they know what I'm talking about.
StraightPath  +   1528d ago
i thought the end of thieves guild was have to do boring tasks to get the guild back to its former far all guilds have been average. only one left is dark botherhood hope that doesnt dissapoint like all others.
heroicjanitor  +   1528d ago
Bethesda are awesome but Blitzball should really be in here imo :( My personal favourite.
DaveX360  +   1528d ago
Someone sexed up Jack. I just don't get it.
bacano  +   1527d ago
Agreed, Jack was the only character I left to die in the end. Anyway, Subject zero is probably the best mision in ME2. I was high when played it and I really loved videogames that day. The ambientation, the dialogs, the sounds... the decision you must take. Everything is great in that quest. I played the rest of the game on weed, but honestly I found it boring and with bad graphics. The ending was crappy. Jack side quest still is the part I remember best.
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Hazmat13  +   1528d ago
my fav was the side quest in Fallout 3 with the family in the fallout shelter. with that cool fatman.
is this list exclusive to mass effect cause to be honest i didnt look at the list. lol
ok chill brah. lol
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jimmins  +   1528d ago
Does the title of this list suggest it's all bout Mass Effect? perhaps if you click the link and just scroll through it you might be in a position to comment?
SOD_Delta  +   1528d ago
Oblivions Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood missions were great.

I also like Yakuzas side-missions. Some of them are just plain funny.
krazykombatant  +   1528d ago
LOL jack for ME2 side quest?! GAYY!
LtSkittles  +   1528d ago
I like Jack. =/
SephirothX21  +   1528d ago
How is it gay exactly?
krazykombatant  +   1528d ago
Jack was probably the worst character in the whole game. Sooo damn bipolar.. I would have prefered to have seen garrus or grunts side quest.
jrbeerman11  +   1528d ago
it is if your femshep i guess
MagicAccent  +   1528d ago
*spoilers for ME3*

Jack is a dude.
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celtics345  +   1528d ago
My personal favorite is from Fallout 3. The one in Andale, when you discover there a bunch of cannibals. That was awesome!
LtSkittles  +   1528d ago
That was the only sidequest in FO3 that disturbed me so much.
jrbeerman11  +   1528d ago
coincidentally the cannibal sidequest in Fallout New Vegas (ill be vague and just say its near strip) is one of my favorites.
Megaman_nerd  +   1528d ago
The gold chocobo side-quest of FFVII. It's good because is not only addicting and fun but after you get it you're gonna have access to some of the most powerful items in the game so it was all worth it. ;)
MagicAccent  +   1528d ago
Haha, so fricken funny
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JsonHenry  +   1528d ago
One that will always stick out in my mind is in Fallout 2 where you arm wrestle a mutant. If you lose you wake up naked with a used condom in your inventory complaining about your butt hurting. You go around the room looking for your stuff and you find blow up dolls and the like while gathering your things, hahahaha.
mistajeff  +   1528d ago
man, i loved those games. it really felt like you stumbled across situations, rather than triggering quests. none of that "this person doesn't show up until you talk to this person" BS. the junktown one in fallout 1 stands out in my mind-- you roll into town, the sheriff complains about the casino boss illegally running the town. so i strolled straight into the casino, right into his back office, and shot him in the head. i come back to the sheriff expecting a "hey, thanks for helping us! here's your reward!" like you'd get in most modern games with good-choice-or-evil-choice quests-- instead, i get a "what the shit are you thinking? you cant just roll into town and blow this guy away, we needed you to wear a wire to gather evidence so we could prosecute him. leave town and never come back". i really think that the lack of voice acting allowed the writing to truly shine through-- it's hard to get used to when you're used to modern RPGs, but there's an extraordinary wealth of narrative content in the old-school text dialog that wasn't held back by voice acting budgets. planescape torment is a perfect example of this. the amount of dialog in that game is unreal.
rayzorn  +   1527d ago
nice. a stroll down memory lane.

the first 2 fallouts where great games. i played them thru contless times. now your making me want to go back it has been at least 5 years plus. and i never got to planescape but i hear its great also. might have to pick it up. i loved the boulders gates and icewind dales and i hear its alot like those but with more story.
mistajeff  +   1527d ago
honestly, i've never finished planescape because it's huge. it feels like EVERY single person you can talk to has a unique dialogue tree. as in, every single NPC you see wandering around. and it is like BG and ID, but honestly, i recommend playing it and not even investing in any combat-related attributes. i dumped everything into intelligence and charisma. instead of like more modern RPGs, successful dialog checks will get you MORE dialog, and let you dig deeper into the conversation, as opposed to just quickly rewarding you with a key/puzzle piece/money/whatever and shuffling you on to the next objective. the sheer amount of writing is really mind-boggling. in some conversations, you're presented with upwards of a dozen dialog choices. you get the option to talk your way out of situations more than in other games, and if you die, it's not exactly a big deal. your character dying is part of the narrative. you can even make bets in taverns and let people kill you, then come back and they'll owe you money. grab it on GOG, i'm sure it's on their holiday sale.
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YoungKingDoran  +   1528d ago
ahh memories!!!

that happened to ME TOO!
crazy how we all share so many.
wedgie  +   1528d ago
I know in the article he said the DA2 one is not a side quest... I get it. But to me the same can be applied to ME2. It felt like there were only 3 real missions and the rest of game and gathering the team was just a laundry list of side quests.
jrbeerman11  +   1528d ago
I will say that the game was segmented quite a bit. But the story was ABOUT gathering the team so ill meet you halfway.

Also every character had a sidequest of their own, and a good amount of them were better than the recruiting ones.

and if your trying to get the good ending? then you could technically call these part of main story.
shodan74  +   1528d ago
Tremendous list. Brought back some great memories. I've enjoyed a lot of welcome diversions in open-world games and RPGs over the years, but I'd say the Dark Brotherhood quests in both Oblivion and Skyrim are probably my favourite.
MoreRPG  +   1528d ago
"Power of the atom"is better than "Superhuman gambit"
and the purification quest from Oblivion's Dark Brotherhood is a great quest too
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kma2k  +   1528d ago
I really enjoyed the last quest for the theives guild in oblivion. Felt like a oceans 11 mideval times :)
admiralthrawn87  +   1528d ago
quests in RPG's are getting really boring lately. Not much innovation besides go to point x and retrieve y. Talk to X,Y,Z. Find object X. Kill 12X.

I think it has to do with the idea of a quest objective. Questing in RPG's need to find a more seamless way of having us achieve goals.
sonicsidewinder  +   1528d ago
Bunch of modern stuff with the token inclusion of ff7 so writer thinks he down with it...


- The Shadow Thieves side-quest in Baldurs Gate 2.

- Smuggler's side-quest in Deus Ex. (Cus you're like "WTF is this place!? WHO are these guys?!")

- The Picto Box quest in Zelda: Windwaker.
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nondescript  +   1528d ago
I loved the picto box stuff in Wind Waker, in fact I need to go replay that game again now.

But give the guy a break, since when does a list modern stuff = rubbish? It's just what he's played and liked.
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sonicsidewinder  +   1528d ago
Forgive my cynicism heehee.
tigertron  +   1528d ago
Subject Zero is nothing compared to the Lair of the Shadow Broker.
jrbeerman11  +   1528d ago
agreed, shadow broker was one of the best add on single player DLCs i have ever played.

Although my love for ME2 may make me biased.

those may be omitted otherwise Shivering Isles would have to be mentioned.
mistajeff  +   1528d ago
shadow broker was the best. i also liked kasumi's quest, it broke the mold of the typical land-and-shoot quests from the rest of the game. a lot of those atypical quests stand out in my mind, like stopping the assassination on the citadel, or rooting out morinth in the night club.
tigertron  +   1527d ago
Definatly. Kasumi's mission was very good. It was great for my shepard to go to a high class party and retake Kenji's box.

I hope ME3 has more of these missions and it isn't just all battles.
rayzorn  +   1527d ago
i enjoyed shadow broker more then the whole game and i did everyones side quest things. if they coulda made all of me2 like shadow broker i woulda liked it alot more.
roadkillers  +   1528d ago
Some good ones on that list. I completely forgot about the Red Dead Redemption one but it was funnier when you beat the mission with John. Btw they forgot to put in every side quest for Arkham City. They all seemed like a part of the main story
tiffac008  +   1528d ago
Isn't Kratos doing Aphrodite in God of War 3 a side quest too? X)
ReservoirDog316  +   1528d ago
Haha, RDR ones should've been higher and more frequent on the list. I never saw the ending of some of those coming.

There I was being a good guy picking flowers for a lady and....that happens.

Love RDR.
PickAShoe  +   1528d ago
I used to play the side quest just like you, then I took an arrow to the knee.
ikral  +   1528d ago
Just finished Jack sidequest, I was playing ME2 for 1st time just now, and Fallout 3 is last game I finished. Oblivion is prolly next one, shame on me for not playing it yet. RPG winter it is (ME2 is not much of a RPG, I know).
granthinds  +   1528d ago
I usually prefer just going through the main story, but since ME2, I've realized the value in RANKING UP AND TANKING UP for the final fight!
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CultOfPersonality  +   1527d ago
My favorite quest was the Kasumi on mass effect 2! loved that side quest!

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