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- #35 Death Stranding Director’s Cut
- #34 Exo One
- #33 Solar Ash
- #32 Horizon Forbidden West
- #31 Elden Ring
- #30 Pokémon Legends: Arceus
- #29 Subnautica Below Zero
- #28 Returnal
- #27 Far Cry 6
- #26 Microsoft Flight Simulator
- #25 Ghost of Tsushima
- #24 No Man’s Sky
- #23 Far Cry New Dawn
- #22 Far Cry 5
- #21 Final Fantasy XV
- #20 STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl
- #19 Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
- #18 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
- #17 Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
- #16 Far Cry 4
- #15 Spider-Man
- #14 Fallout 4
- #13 Far Cry 3
- #12 Dragon Age: Inquisition
- #11 Horizon Zero Dawn
- #10 Monster Hunter World
- #9 Metroid Series
- #8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- #7 The Witcher 3
- #6 Minecraft
- #5 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- #4 Red Dead Redemption
- #3 Resident Evil 2
- #2 Grand Theft Auto V
- #1 Red Dead Redemption 2
Exploration is one of the main facets of video games, especially modern ones, that take games well beyond the territory of Pong and Super Mario Bros. and invite them to immerse themselves within worlds fantastic.
Well beyond completing mission objectives and furthering the storyline, games that offer exploration as a choice allow players to fully immerse themselves within these virtual environments, discovering facets of the game that otherwise elude players who’d choose instead to breeze through the story for the sake of finishing the game.
To incentivize exploration, developers hide quests, bits of collectibles, as well as easter eggs for adventurers to find and discover, providing them with countless memories to call their own.
In this list, we cover some of the medium’s best exploration games of all time. Of course, all lists are subjective so don’t think of this as a list ranked in a particular order. Instead, this is just a collection games we think are worth spending some time within.
#35 Death Stranding Director’s Cut
In terms of exploration, Death Stranding Director’s Cut is a great example of storytelling through settings in open-world gameplay. The Director’s Cut of the game, which was released late last year, includes improvements to navigation and exploration which some players may have found difficult in the original edition. For example, a stabilizer function that’s able to be added to the backpack makes it easier to maintain balance while exploring the troubled terrain of the world post the Death Stranding event. This version of the game improves exploration mechanics with a number of subtle changes. Players can glide down mountainsides using the stabilizer function, and cover large distances with much greater ease. For a game that has exploration at its core, functions like these make all the difference.
#34 Exo One
In Exo One, a strange alien signal has given humanity the ability to make a spacecraft that can truly traverse the stars. And now, it’s up to you to pilot that craft and see what is all out there. And that’s exactly what the game is about. You’ll use your ships abilities, mixed with your own piloting skills, in order to make it through the universe at large! Manipulate your ship, speed, and gravity in order to reach high peaks or go into low valleys. Explore what alien landscapes are out there, and go on a journey “through time and space” that will no doubt leave you in awe.
#33 Solar Ash
Your planet is in danger of being eaten by a ravenous force known as the UltraVoid. You, a Voidrunner named Rai must now traverse the universe to find a way to stop it. You’ll fight, grind across worlds, and seek out the truth about what is going on within the universe, all so that you can save your home. This is made by the team who did Hyper Light Drifter, so you know you can expect a very fun title with unique visuals and gameplay mechanics that’ll have you wanting more. The truth is out there, so go and get it!
#32 Horizon Forbidden West
Horizon Forbidden West The sequel to the hit title Zero Dawn, Horizon Forbidden West puts you once again into the role of Aloy, who must try and save her world that is dying. But to do so, she must travel to a place that she was told no one could go to, and face the new people, monsters, and truths that live within. First and foremost, Horizon Forbidden West is a beautiful title, shining on the PS5’s graphical power. But it’s not just the visuals that have gotten improved, the gameplay shines, and you’ll even have more versatility in terms of how you shape Aloy in her abilities. Add that to the new and complex areas, monsters, and systems and you have a game that you’ll be enjoying for a while.
#31 Elden Ring
Elden Ring might just be the truest masterpiece that developer From Software has made. Set in a bold new land with its own mythos, Elden Ring has you as someone trying to save the world after the gods have failed it. But how you go about your journey is up to you. Because for the first time, a From Software game truly embraces the open world aesthetic and lets you take on the path to various things at your own pace. Go where you want, when you want. Just be warned though that there ARE still monsters awaiting you, and they are indeed as tough as you would expect. But between new combat abilities, the ability to jump to reach new areas, and a massive world full of terrors and lore to explore, Elden Ring will keep you busy for quite a while.
#30 Pokémon Legends: Arceus
2022 has already had a lot of great open-world exploration games, but it very much kicked off with Pokemon Legends Arceus. Because in this first true open-world Pokemon title, you play as someone in the ancient land of Hisui. Humans and Pokemon aren’t on the greatest of terms, and it’s up to you to fill out the first Pokedex for the region. Everything in Pokemon Legends Arceus feels fresh and fun, even how you battle and catch Pokemon are different. But the true wonder is going through the massive areas and seeing what is there, what Pokemon will pop up, and what secrets they may contain. So go catch them all as you truly explore the Pokemon world.
#29 Subnautica Below Zero
The original Subnautica had you going to planet 4546B and trying to survive. But now, in Subnautica Below Zero, you’ll be going back to that planet, but to the arctic region of it. This time around, you’re tasked with figuring out what happened to those who were on the planet before you. Search through the science stations and their logs to learn the truth. All the while, you’ll go to new biomes and have new ways to try and survive. Build what you need to in order to last in the cold waters, as well as research and battle the creatures that call this frigid water home. Will you be able to survive in these new waters? You’ll find out soon enough.
What happens when death itself isn’t enough to take you away from where you are? You’re about to find out in Returnal. You are a space pilot who has been stranded on an alien planet. One that is constantly changing, and has all sorts of mysteries within it. But, the real twist is that for you, death isn’t the end. Instead, it just moves you to another part of the planet and forces you to try and push on without dying again. Your journey in this roguelike title will very much be based on how well you do in each “run”, and all the while, you’ll need to learn the truth about the planet, yourself, and how it all ties together
#27 Far Cry 6
The Far Cry series has been known for its open-world gameplay, and Far Cry 6 is no different. This time though, you’re trying to overthrow a ruthless dictator who is trying to groom his son to true leadership. You must join the revolutionary forces and ensure that this doesn’t happen. You’ll work with various people and taken missions in various areas in order to bring the vile Castillo down. But whether you’ll be able to or not might just surprise you. Be sure to take in the lush areas as you do your work within them, as they are quite detailed.
#26 Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft’s Flight Simulator video game series started back in 1982 and ever since then, there has been plenty of installments released that have continued to bring out a new visual upgrade and mechanic system. Overall, the game puts players into the role of a pilot where you’ll learn all the various controls of an aircraft and from there can take to the skies in hopes of making a smooth flight to your destination. Now the latest installment has released which is simply titled Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Outside of just another visual jump, there is plenty of improvements to the map system. Using Bing Maps, players will be able to see the various features from around the world including terrain changes, trees, water, and buildings. Weather systems will also play a role in how well the flight may handle such as visibility. The best part of the game, in my opinion, is that there is over two million cities represented and 40,000 airports. You can essentially chart out flights you may take in real life or simply explore the different areas you could visit in real life which is pretty impressive.
#25 Ghost of Tsushima
Sucker Punch Productions has been around since the late 1990s and they have delivered two big franchises for the Sony PlayStation platforms. We received the Sly Cooper and Infamous IP thanks to these folks and while it was a bit of a longer period of development from their last video game release, Infamous: First Light which came out in 2014, we finally got their latest video game title release this year with Ghost of Tsushima. This is a PlayStation 4 exclusive that follows a samurai named Jin, who is the last samurai standing to fight off a Mongol invasion.
With all his samurai allies fallen due to the invasion, Jin learns quickly that the old ways of fighting will not protect his home from these ruthless invaders. As a result, Jin takes on a more stealth approach to eliminate these enemies and it’s also an open-world game which means that players can freely explore for new locations. There are quite a few areas worth checking out as well which can further expand your health, resolve, or simply take for images for the beautiful scenery. It might not be as full of a game for collectibles or other content to seek out as some of these other games on the list, but you can still find yourself getting lost within the world crafted by Sucker Punch.
#24 No Man’s Sky
When No Man’s Sky was first introduced to the world there was some massive anticipation with players eagerly awaiting to get their hands on a copy. Unfortunately, when the game released a lot of expectations and even features players were excited for were simply missing. It was a big letdown with fans no longer interested in going back to replay the game rather shortly after its release. However, over a slew of updates, No Man’s Sky has shaped into being an incredible experience for fans and well worth playing today if you haven’t touched the game since it first launched.
This is very much an exploration game as well. Set to venture off into countless planets are procedurally generated, there’s no telling just what you’ll find once on the planet. From a variety of unique aliens to toxic landscapes, players not only can explore to seek out some resources but chart out their discoveries for other players to view in a massive database. You can easily sink countless hours playing through this game and with more content being added into the title, you’ll find that there is more to discover on a regular basis.
#23 Far Cry New Dawn
Note: Spoilers for Far Cry 5
If you enjoyed Far Cry 5 then you know that the ending leaves you hanging. At the end of the game, you find that the world is on the brink of collapsing due to the end of the world and you find yourself stuck with the antagonist where the game ends following credits. Now if you’re hoping to find out what happens after the credits roll and what has happened to Hope County after the nuclear blast then you’ll get the opportunity in Far Cry New Dawn. This title takes place seventeen years after the events of Far Cry 5 where you will find returning characters from Far Cry 5 and the result of the protagonist and antagonist of Far Cry 5.
With Hope County mangled and distorted by the nuclear blast, players will find new landmasses to explore. Survivors have started to rebuild the world but a new threat of bandits has prevented Hope County from truly being free from tyranny control. Players will be stepping up to free up outposts and preventing from the new bandit group controlled by twin sisters from destroying Hope County and the innocent citizens who dwell within it
As previously mentioned, this game takes place years after the events of Far Cry 5 which means that if you played the game then you’ll be a bit familiar with the surroundings. However, it has been noted before that because the Far Cry 5 installment ended in a nuclear blast, there will be new areas formed to explore along with past locations inaccessible. Ultimately, you’re going to have some enjoyment exploring the new areas rather than getting the same overall land terrain of Far Cry 5.
#22 Far Cry 5
The fifth main title within the franchise, Far Cry 5, takes place within the United States of America in a fictional Montana area known as Hope County.
Within the narrative, Far Cry 5 pins players against Joseph Seed, a leader of a cult who has forced his way into controlling Hope County. As more innocent civilians become trapped and forced into submission under Joseph Seed’s rule, only a handful of resistance stands in his way.
Just as before, players can expect the title to deliver as a first-person shooter in an open world environment which can be explored either on foot or through vehicles. However, the campaign can be experienced both as a single player narrative or through cooperative multiplayer.
#21 Final Fantasy XV
Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing video game and the fifteenth main installment to the Final Fantasy franchise. Overall the story of Final Fantasy XV will center between two empires that have declared war, Lucis, and Nifheim, though after Nifheim successfully captures the kingdom’s crystal of Lucis, a group of friend’s sets out to regain it.
Players take control of Noctis, prince of Lucis, who teams up with his fellow friends on a grand journey against a massive empire force. The game is also set in an open world environment with available quests and collectibles to gather. Gamers are encouraged to explore the wide-open environments likewise, there was much to discover in the game’s open world as you completed the lengthy campaign.
#20 STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl
The atmosphere of STALKER is so thick you could cut it with a knife. And the atmosphere is what defines STALKER.
It’s a first person, survival-horror game set within the radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl, where men known as Stalkers eke out a dangerous living by retrieving strange, reality-defying artifacts. They aren’t alone in the wasteland, which is haunted by mutant horrors and an assortment of nightmarish creatures.
This open-ended setting allows for players to perform a myriad of objectives for the wasteland’s human inhabitants while unraveling the mystery of Chernobyl.
#19 Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
For those familiar with the Yakuza series, the seventh main installment of the series, Yakuza 6: The Song of Life which will pick back up the narrative storyline players have been following over the years.
The game has already released in Japan where it has received a positive reception. Gamers can still expect a brawler type gameplay set in an open world environment. Much like previous installments, players will have the ability to level up various skills and abilities to use against other yakuza thugs in battle.
As for the narrative, players will step into the shoes of Kazuma Kiryu once again who is on a mission to learn what has happened to Haruka after being locked away for three years. The game does feature an open world city for players to explore and as you progress you’ll gather exp to use towards making upgrades such as agility or strength along with unlocking new skills.
#18 Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Set after the events of Tom Clancy’s The Division, this sequel follows a storyline featuring agents of the Strategic Homeland Division that are working on a means of rebuilding after the smallpox incident. Players will be working together as they attempt to save Washington D.C. from potential collapse. Just as before, this is an action RPG that multiplayer-focused. With that said, this is a great title to explore as not only are you given a large open-world map, but the map is based on a very detailed replication of the D.C. area. Likewise, you’ll find that there will be a ton of buildings to explore which may include a variety of decent supplies and caches. You may find yourself wandering about to a mission only to get lost as you seek out more loot from nearby buildings and alleys.
#17 Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set in 431 BCE where players will have the choice of being a mercenary that fights for Athens and the Delian League or the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta. Either way, players will be a descendant of Spartan King Leonidas I during the Peloponnesian War.
Much like the previous Assassin’s Creed installments, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will feature a modern day protagonist as well. Ubisoft will be reintroducing players to Layla Hassan who was present during Assassin’s Creed Origins.
There will also be an RPG progression system included in the game as well where players can adjust their character skills and attributes. Likewise, with a branching dialogue system, your narrative journey may offer a unique ending thus giving players an incentive in going back and replaying the game.
#16 Far Cry 4
Much like the previous installment, Far Cry 4 makes our list. This time around, players take on the role of Ajay Ghale, a young Kyrati-American who travels back to his home country of Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan country.
During his travel, Ajay finds that this home country has been caught in a civil war that is controlled by a tyrant king, Pagan Min. A large portion of the game allows players to freely explore the Himalayan country and the wildlife that dwells within it. Furthermore, because the game has a few different storyline branches, gamers will likely replay the title a few times, offering a chance to explore a bit more of the world than before.
Spider-Man was developed by Insomniac Games who are previously known for their Ratchet & Clank and Resistance video game franchises. Their latest title breathes some new life into the Spider-Man story as this video game title will not be linked to any past comic books or cinematic movies.
Furthermore, the game doesn’t offer the normal origin story of Spider-Man, instead, the video game will be focused around Peter Parker, eight years after he has established the role of being the famed hero. From what we know so far, this is an open-world title where the narrative will follow Peter Parker graduating college while keeping up as protector of New York City.
The video game will also give players the ability to go through the narrative as not only Spider-Man but as the civilian Peter Parker character as well. From what we know from so far through trailers released, Spider-Man’s main antagonist will be Mister Negative, who turns out to be Martin Li, one of New York’s prominent philanthropist and owner of the F.E.A.S.T. shelters that Peter’s Aunt May is employed.
Outside of the campaign, players can freely explore New York City where crimes and collectibles will pop up throughout the area in need of Spider-Man’s attention.
#14 Fallout 4
The Fallout franchise has hit this list several times in the past and now with its most recent installment available in the marketplace, we can’t help but add Fallout 4. If you’re a fan of the franchise then it’s likely you’ve already picked up the latest release.
However, if you’re completely new to the franchise, Fallout 4 still marks as a great first entry to the series. Set during the events of a nuclear war, players manage to escape into a vault, only to awaken hundreds of years into the future. What’s left of your world is nothing more than decay and outsiders trying to make it by in this new world.
Each installment to the Fallout franchise manages to bring out an incredible wasteland to explore and Fallout 4 is no exception to that trend. You’ll come across old ruins, new structures, and a fleshed out cast of characters to meet along your journey.
#13 Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 has drawn comparisons to The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim in its encouragement of exploration, hunting, and crafting, the open world experience is actually quite different between the two.
While Skyrim allows the player to take the entire map at their own pace, regardless of their participation in the main quest line, Far Cry 3 is designed for the player to balance their exploring with making progress in the game. However, you will find pockets of time to wander about as you please, and indulging in what Rook Island has to offer will greatly aid you in your quests.
Far Cry 3 is proof that first-person shooters can offer more in the way of exploration and world-creation beyond shooting people in corridors.
#12 Dragon Age: Inquisition
The third major installment to the Dragon Age franchise, Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game where players take on the role of an Inquisitor who is on a grand journey to deal with the civil unrest within the continent of Thedas.
While developers have set the game to be on the same continent of the past two installments, exploration for Dragon Age: Inquisition is rather massive in comparison. For instance, it’s been noted that the game features a map that is already five times larger than the setting of the first installment of the series. With all that said, you’ll want to set aside some time to really dive into the video game.
As mentioned, The latest entry in the long-standing series of role-playing games from BioWare offers wide open environments, unlike the two previous games. Players have the ability to explore the map, uncovering new quests and discovering hidden treasures with the newly added ‘ping’ button that lets you investigate your surroundings.
#11 Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn is the first IP developed by Guerrilla Games since their release of Killzone in 2004. This is an action role-playing video game title that is set a thousand years into the future.
Mankind has mysteriously fallen, with cities only a shell of a once thriving society. Now only small tribal groups remain where giant mechanical beasts roam the world freely in charge. The plot revolves around a female hunter named Aloy who sets out on a journey to explore the open world, meet with other tribes, and potentially learn of the reason mankind fell to being with. This is also an open world with beautiful surroundings with nature overtaking the past civilization cities that used to stand prior. Adding in the mix of robotic creatures that you’ll have to deal with during your explorations, this is one PlayStation 4 exclusive that you cannot miss out on.
#10 Monster Hunter World
The Monster Hunter franchise is consistently growing and with each new installment, a number of new gamers explore the monster-filled worlds development studio Capcom has crafted. Monster Hunter: World will mark as the fifth main installment to the franchise and as you can expect, there will be a number of notable updates.
For instance, Capcom has placed larger maps, a more seamless experience between zones and what’s a Monster Hunter video game without the ability to hunt with friends? Outside of the offline campaign, the game will allow a four-player online co-op opportunity.
This might not be directly an open world video game but players will still find a rather large environment to explore. Also if you’re a newcomer to the series then this will still mark as a great title to jump on but you will find that the gameplay can still be a bit advanced. Luckily the community is very active supporting other players with helpful guides and tricks to make your first hunt a successful one.
#9 Metroid Series
The Metroid series has been around for decades and continues to gather new fans while inspiring other developers when it comes to the creation of their own IP. You may have heard of the term Metroidvania tossed around for certain video game titles and its used to describe similarities from the Metroid series.
Metroid has a heavy emphasis on exploration. You’ll find yourself gathering a certain item or power that will allow players to access certain areas that were previously unreachable or locked away.
#8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the nineteenth main installment to The Legend of Zelda franchise. This time around, players will be placed in a large open-world environment with the ability to play through the game’s dungeons in any order.
Within The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, players will take on the role of Link after he awakens from a deep slumber that lasted a hundred years. A mysterious voice alerts link to reach a ruined Kingdom known as Hyrule where he will learn of Calamity Ganon, the antagonist who had previously destroyed Hyrule, though, during the process, he had trapped himself within the buried kingdom.
#7 The Witcher 3
Fans of western RPGs will no doubt have played at least one of the Witcher games. This series of Polish games based on the works of Andrzej Sapkowski has gained a lot of fans over the years, mainly thanks to its complex world and stories, incredible graphics and deep gameplay systems.
The third and final installment in the series sees a much older Geralt of Rivia – one of the titular Witchers – dealing with the invasion of the Northern Kingdom by the Nilfgaard Empire and the otherworldly threat of the Wild Hunt, spectral riders who’ve plagued humankind for ages. Offering a massive open world, hours upon hours of story content and side quests, tons of NPCs to interact with and monsters to hunt, a living economy that adapts to different locations and events and improved gameplay, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is looking like a worthy conclusion of the series.
Minecraft is ultimately our number one pick for the best open world video game ever made based on the simple fact that the world in which it takes place is that of our own creation.
It offers players the ability to build kingdoms, go on adventures, and craft narratives that far transcend anything created by a game developer. The world of Minecraft is a sandbox, and it’s ours to play in and to do as we like. The game is what you make of it.
#5 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is the fifth game in Bethesda’s ever-popular series of role-playing games. Like its predecessors, Skyrim takes place in an open environment in which we’re given leave to explore the world as we see fit.
While the world of Skyrim is charming and consistently engaging, it doesn’t simply tell us a story—it offers us instead a chance to weave our very own tale. Skyrim is interactive art at its finest.
#4 Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption is the Old West made anew with the fiction of Rockstar Games, and it’s every bit as bleak and unforgiving as it was back in the olden days.
It is within this unforgiving land that a man, John Marston, seeks redemption—not only for his life but for his soul. And it is only within this land that such redemption is possible.
Needless to say, the game’s atmosphere is second to none, and it is host not only to John Marston’s story and those of his counterparts but to the greater battle between the old and the new—the stolid Old West and the march of Progress.
Players will likely enjoy the exploration that ranges from the game’s Texas analog to the Mexican desert across the border. All along the way, there’s “Strangers” to encounter, all of whom have their own strange tales to share with the player.
#3 Resident Evil 2
Capcom has been an iconic video game development studio over the years and its brought out some incredible IPs. One of which was Resident Evil, a title we definitely feature heavily here on this list and as iconic as this series is, there was no surprise when the development team decided to handle remakes. Unfortunately for gamers, most of the remakes were spent on the original title and while that’s not a bad thing, for fans of the series, there have been plenty of vocal pleas for developers to bring out a remake of its sequel, Resident Evil 2. Well, it took a few years but Capcom did just that and delivered gamers a remake of Resident Evil 2 for current generation platforms. This remake does exactly what Capcom did with the original installment.
Resident Evil 2 the remake brought in an overhaul to the visuals which made the game look fresh and defined. However, there were some changes to the game overall such as the game mechanics such as removing the tank controls that were standard years ago to a more acceptable third-person mechanics found in today’s latest releases. Players will still take control of both Leon Kennedy and Clair Redfield as they attempt to escape the undead filled Raccoon City. Likewise, this is an old school survival horror title so you will definitely want to prepare for exploring your surroundings. Much of the progress needed to continue on with the story will involve searching for specific items and solving puzzles. Knowing your surroundings will greatly help you in the campaign and as a result, it’s going to pay off exploring the various areas to really get a grasp of the area.
#2 Grand Theft Auto V
Much like Red Dead Redemption, there is plenty to explore and discover in the city of Los Santos and its surrounding environments. The city itself is filled to the brim with strange people, whose lives and stories are intertwined with that of the city.
This is by far one of the most lived-in feeling cities from the Grand Theft Auto franchise and even if you’re completely done with the campaign and side quests that present themselves to the player, Rockstar has a whole different side of the world for gamers to enjoy. Thanks to Grand Theft Auto Online, players have even more options and features to enjoy with the game all while combining players from all around the world to wreak havoc on Los Santos together.
#1 Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games has crafted up a number of incredible pieces of work. Their beloved long-running series Grand Theft Auto, the single IP release of Bully, and of course their old western series, Red Dead Redemption just to name a few. Red Dead Redemption has a massive following and gamers all over the world have been waiting for a new installment. In 2019 the later of the IPs mentioned received a sequel. Red Dead Redemption 2 players take the role of Arthur Morgan who finds himself on the run from the law with his fellow members of the Van der Linde gang. Outside of being another western adventure full of gun battles and forming your protagonist as a law-abiding citizen or morally corrupt outlaw, the game also sets players on a massive open world.
Being an open world environment players can fully expect it to feature a variety of landscapes, wildlife, and interesting characters. Outside of wandering about in the Old West for quests or items, a good portion of the game will involve hunting as Arthur can not only make use out of the resources from an animal but they can bring in some extra cash to help offset other items you may want to purchase.