Final Fantasy XVI’s Ben Starr Discusses His Love of Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy XII & Octopath Traveler II

Final Fantasy XVI’s Ben Starr Discusses His Love of Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy XII & Octopath Traveler II

As part of Square Enix’s “The Games That Made Us” series, the English voice actor of Clive Rosfield in Final Fantasy XVI, Ben Starr, revealed and discussed some of the most impactful games that shaped him into the person he is today.

Final Fantasy VIII is the first Square Enix game he ever played, which he’s immensely nostalgic for. It even “changed the way he thought about video games.” He, perhaps jokingly, stated how he had just played Kirby’s Pinball Land before this, so the jump to an epic fantasy adventure was likely quite jarring.

A coincidental aspect worth noting is how Starr’s first-ever summon battle in a Final Fantasy game was Ifrit in Final Fantasy VIII. He now plays Clive, the Eikon for that same summon in Final Fantasy XVI. Plus, there have even been eight mainline games between them. Further, if Starr could play any Final Fantasy VIII character, he would like to play Laguna, even if he personally doesn’t believe he could do him justice.

Interestingly, when asked what Square Enix game he could not live without, Final Fantasy IX is mentioned as a possibility, though he’s currently playing Octopath Traveler II and has fallen in love with it.

Starr’s fondest memory of a Square Enix game is battling Yiazmat, the ultimate Elite Mark of Final Fantasy XII. On the PlayStation 2, this multi-hour boss battle seemed insurmountable, especially since there was no turbo mode back then. It required him to strategize, making him feel pretty clever. Starr also stated that he put around 140 hours into Final Fantasy XII across roughly four weeks.

Lastly, Starr’s favorite moment in a Final Fantasy game is Tidus discovering the truth of Yuna’s pilgrimage and fate in Final Fantasy X.

You can view Benn Starr’s full video on “The Games That Made Us” below:

Final Fantasy XVI is a more action-heavy entry than its predecessors, with a Devil May Cry V designer even taking the helm. Throughout the title, players will control the protagonist, Clive, as he confronts various Dominants, humans who have been cursed with the power to become Eikons.

Clive is the “First Shield of Rosaria,” sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, who’s the Dominant of Phoenix. However, following a certain tragedy, Clive swears revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit.

The producer, Naoki Yoshida, describes this game as akin to his experience with the first Final Fantasy, as “playing the lead in an epic motion picture.” The reasoning for this title’s action-oriented approach and more classical fantasy setting was to “appeal to as wide a range of gamers as possible.”

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