The Golden Joysticks 2023 has announced that the Square Enix-developed action JRPG Final Fantasy XVI has won the award for Best Audio. Additionally, the voice actor of protagonist Clive Rosfield, Ben Starr, won the award for Best Performer.
For as contentious as Final Fantasy XVI is amongst veteran fans, these rewards are highly deserved. It comes as no surprise that Final Fantasy XVI boasts a terrific soundtrack, in huge part due to the efforts of Masayoshi Soken, who’s also known for his work on Final Fantasy XIV.
Further, Ben Starr is undeniably one of the highlights of Final Fantasy XVI. His performance as Clive is phenomenal, with stellar emotional outbursts that excellently portray the core of his character. Huge congratulations to Square Enix and the individuals involved for winning these two awards.
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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Final Fantasy XVI is available on PlayStation 5.
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