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Eight of the best open world video games to escape to right now

Daily Mail - Science & tech

If you've had your eye on an open world game like Marvel's Spider-Man, The Witcher 3 or Red Dead Redemption 2, but didn't think you'd ever have the time to play it, now might be your chance. Whether you like to explore every corner of a world, complete every side quest to score 100 per cent, or prefer to stick to the main quest, open world games pretty much let you do whatever you feel like, all at your own pace. Here we share a selection of the most absorbing open world games to explore and get lost in right now. With over 100 hours of core and side-quest gameplay, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is sure to keep boredom at bay. The dark fantasy game sees you play as Geralt of Rivia, mercenary Monster Slayer.

Mass Effect: Andromeda review - this galaxy has promise

The Guardian

Much like the colonists in Mass Effect: Andromeda, the developers at BioWare have thrown everything they have at this new galaxy, and have been rewarded with a promising new world – once they clear up the mess. With the successful original trilogy, the Mass Effect series gained a reputation as a clunky space epic, with poor combat that the player suffered through to reach the next bit of story. The first Mass Effect, released a decade ago, is a relic, all but unplayable now but at the time fresh and exciting, and ultimately revered for kicking off what became a beloved franchise. Mass Effect: Andromeda has a lot to live up to, a fresh start in a new galaxy but without the benefit of coming out of nowhere as that first game did. This time around BioWare was motivated less by having a new story to tell than by the need to satisfy thousands of fans of a franchise that began in 2007, and to somehow keep up with how games have changed.

Review: The Division 2 Is a Worthy Successor With 1 Radical New Change

TIME - Tech

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 is about reconstruction, both political and personal. Set in Washington, D.C., the city is at risk of collapse after an essential government asset, Strategic Homeland Division HQ, goes dark. Without the technology of the unit, nationwide coordination between groups of agents tasked the save the world is impossible. Should things go even further south, the whole country could be at risk. Playing as an agent rerouted from Manhattan, where the virus that set off this apocalypse originated, you'll pick up seven months after the events of the first game.

A pirate's life for me: Rare's ambitious plans for Sea of Thieves revealed

The Guardian

Tue 13 Feb 2018 03.01 EST Last modified on Tue 13 Feb 2018 03.03 EST When the veteran British games studio Rare first revealed Sea of Thieves in 2015, it's fair to say the response was positive. After years spent concentrating on the controversial Kinect device, the creator of luscious SNES and N64 classics Donkey Kong Country and Banjo-Kazooie unveiled an online pirate adventure where groups of friends would set sail on an open ocean, seeking out treasure and doing battle with other player crews. It felt like the beloved developer had truly returned. Two years later, anticipation remains high. Within five hours of the recent closed beta test going live, it was the most watched game on streaming service Twitch, beating even the mighty League of Legends.

Asteroid is first known 'permanent resident' from outside our solar system

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

It came from outer space: An asteroid in orbit around Jupiter (yellow circle) is the first known object in our solar system that came from interstellar space. The solar system's first known "resident" that came from interstellar space -- an asteroid orbiting backward around Jupiter -- has been discovered, scientists announced Monday. "How the asteroid came to move in this way while sharing Jupiter's orbit has until now been a mystery," said Fathi Namouni, lead author of the new study and a scientist at the University of Cote d'Azur in Nice, France. This asteroid is different -- moving in the opposite direction in "retrograde" orbit. The asteroid has the inelegant name of 2015 BZ509, indicating the year of its discovery.