Rockstar is known for always putting the most into their games. Whether it’s world-building, character backstories, or in this case, the quests themselves. Rockstar has got an awful lot of great games to choose from, so narrowing it down was difficult, but we think we’ve just about managed it. We’ve rounded up the very best missions from three of their best-loved titles: Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and Max Payne.
Red Dead Redemption – The Gambler
If you’re going to have any success in The Gambler quests then you’re going to need to seriously brush up on how to win at roulette. This quest is a tough one that is going to take a lot of in-game hours, so the best way to cut it down is to be prepared. The Gambler quest asks you to travel to various different saloons and social hangouts across the Red Dead map and win at a series of gambling games. The best thing about this quest is without doubt the people you meet along the way. You can play games in all of the saloons on the map, so you bump into some really interesting characters. The other benefit of this is that wherever you are, you can call in and make progress. Some of the games require a little more grit than the others, for example, Five Finger Fillet, which you play with a knife and your own fingers, we’ll leave you to find out the rest.
Grand Theft Auto – Publicity Tour
As if you needed another reason to play GTA online, it’s great, but this quest might just be the greatest. Tommy Vercetti has found himself some new best buddies, in the form of butt-rock band Love Fist. Being the Tommy Vercetti that we know and love, he has absolutely no idea that these Scottish rockers are going to be nothing but trouble for him. Though it all appears to be going well from the outside, things go South quickly when a crazy fan decides they’re going to blow up the band’s limo, that Tommy is driving. The fan rigs up the Limo in a kind of homage to Speed, meaning that if Tommy takes his foot off the gas pedal, the vehicle is going to explode. As if talking anyone through how to dispose of a bomb wasn’t stressful enough, Tommy has to do it whilst navigating streets at terrifying speed in an unwieldy limo. Oh and he isn’t talking a bomb diffuser expert through it, oh no. He’s talking an incredibly drunk gaggle of Scottish musicians through it. Good luck with this one, you’re going to need it.
Max Payne is one of Rockstar Games’ darker characters, but that’s kind of why we love him. Although Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto have an open-world format that lends itself to missions, Max Payne has a more tunnel-like approach to storytelling. It’s for this reason that we’re being a bit cheeky and saying that the entire Max Payne story is the best mission there is. Learning to adjust to life inside the mind of this troubled guy is the darkest kind of fun there is, but we love it.