Most RPGs require that you hunt for trouble. If you want a good fight, you have to specifically find a quest and go to another *yawn* dungeon. If you don’t, nothing happens, the game stands still. In Kenshi, trouble comes to you. A lot. Don’t think you are safe because you are in a town now. There are still muggers, theives, police, corrupt officials, and thats just internal, what if the town comes under siege? Now you’re trapped. Do you aid the defence? If the defence falls then you will find yourself in the middle of a slaughter.
This is a world where survival is a constant goal. You do whatever you want. The prime objective is to survive, you can raise your characters, make money, fight for justice, rob people, stage a rescue for one of your characters that got captured, hunt legendary monsters, choose a profession, save up for really cool stuff, or just survive, you make your own story. I know this may seem alien to a lot of people, but you have to choose yourself!