Upcoming video games: Battlefield 1, Just Dance 2017, World of Final Fantasy, Civ VI

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  • Monday, 17 Oct 2016

Giddy up: Battlefield 1 introduces horses into the mix.

Among upcoming video games, Battlefield 1 makes its play for the title of first-person action game of the year,  Just Dance 2017 brings another roster of songs old and new for dancing to, World of Final Fantasy doubles down on the cuteness of its parent franchise, Civilization VI provides a playground for would-be world leaders, and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 sets out on another animé-inspired action adventure.

Battlefield 1

Oct 21
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC

Swapping modern day for historical milieu, Battlefield 1 engages with the World War I theater for its latest outing in the large scale, team-based land and air action series featuring destructible environments and customisable weaponry.

Civilization VI
Windows PC
Oct 21

The latest revision to the time-worn Civilization formula invites players to oversee the development of a chosen people group and guide them towards cultural, technological, or territorial milestones. Among improvements, discoveries and inventions are now influenced by regional environment, and other AI-controlled world leaders reflect their historical selves more accurately. Mac and Linux versions to follow.

World of Final Fantasy
PS4, Vita
Week of Oct 25

Returning to simpler, perhaps more accessible times in the extensive Final Fantasy franchise's life, this latest series entry is all about battling for cute animal friends, stacking things on your head and, in all likelihood, saving the world.

Just Dance 2017
PS4 XBO 360 PS3 Wii WiiU
Week of Oct 25

Use a motion controller or the official smartphone app and dance along to routines that accompany a 40-song soundtrack. Songs from the past two years include contributions from The Weeknd, Sia, Justin Bieber, Beyoncé and Zayn, while classics include Queen's Don't Stop Me Now plus versions of September, What is Love, and I Love Rock 'n Roll.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Week of Oct 25 (November 2 in Japan)

A fighting game crafted around the character and story conventions of the Dragon Ball animated cartoon series, with an expansive cast, martial arts masters to learn from, decision making moments, and a multiplayer mode for hundreds of players at once.

Also releasing the same week: Batman: Return to Arkham,  a remaster of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; the remastered Lego Harry Potter Collection for PlayStation 4; Assassin's Creed spin-off Eagle Flight for Oculus Rift on Windows PC (other VR platforms to come.) —  AFP Relaxnews
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