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Final Fantasy XVI wins Best Lead Performer and Best Audio at the Golden Joystick Awards

10 Nov 2023

With the calendar year coming to its close, game award season is upon us. The Golden Joystick Awards started us off today, with a number of Final Fantasy entries being among the winners.

Final Fantasy XVI won in two categories, first of which going to Ben Starr, voice actor for lead protagonist Clive Rosfield, taking home the award for Best Lead Performer. Masayoshi Soken and his team took the second trophy home for the game with the Best Audio award.

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth was also voted as the Most Wanted Game, rounding out three total awards for the franchise.

Final Fantasy XVI was also nominated for Best Supporting Performer, PlayStation Game of the Year and the Ultimate Game of the Year, while Final Fantasy XIV was again nominated for the Best Community Award.

The biggest winner of the night was Baldur’s Gate 3 winning a total of seven of the 22 awards, including best PC Game of the Year and the Ultimate Game of the Year. The full list of the winners are listed below:

  • Best StorytellingBaldur’s Gate 3
  • Still Playing Award – No Man’s Sky
  • Best Visual Design – Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Studio of the Year – Larian Studios
  • Best Game Expansion – Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Best Indie Game – Sea of Stars
  • Best VR Game Horizon Call of the Mountain
  • Best Multiplayer Game Mortal Kombat 1
  • Best Audio – Final Fantasy XVI
  • Best Game Trailer – Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
  • Best Streaming Game Valorant
  • Best Game Community – Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Best Gaming Hardware – PSVR 2
  • Breakthrough Award – Coccoon / Geometric Interactive
  • Critics’ Choice Award – Alan Wake II
  • Best Lead Performer – Ben Starr, Clive Rosfield, Final Fantasy XVI
  • Best Supporting Performer – Neil Newborn, Astarion, Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Nintendo Game of the Year – The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • PC Game of the Year – Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Xbox Game of the Year Starfield
  • PlayStation Game of the Year – Resident Evil 4
  • Most Wanted Game – Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth
  • Ultimate Game of the Year Baldur’s Gate 3

Images Courtesy of Future Events and the Golden Joysticks.