Here are all of the ways that Final Fantasy 16 and Game of Thrones are the same.
Final Fantasy 16 is set in a place and has a mood that are different from anything else in the series. The games are well-versed in high fantasy, and past titles have always had a bit more whimsy and humor. But this entry’s castles and countries are more gritty and real, and it’s not hard to figure out where that change in tone comes from.
Final Fantasy 16’s creators have never tried to hide the fact that Game of Thrones was a big influence on their game. Here’s everything that Final Fantasy 16 takes from the series, from its settings and characters to how it handles certain story points.
The Main Character
Let’s start with the big one: Clive Rosfield, the main character of the latest Final Fantasy game, is a lot like Jon Snow. Well, he’s more like a mix of the most important Stark guys.
He has Ned Stark’s sense of duty and honor, Rob’s military mind and fighting skills, and he’s even a little like Bran in that he has the potential to be mysterious and misunderstood. He also has a pet dog the size of a direwolf.
But he’s also a downtrodden former prince whose mother hates him. He survives a huge tragedy that takes away his family, is sent to join a group of fighters he doesn’t want to fight for, and ends up being the key to connecting everyone’s stories. Oh, and he and his main love interest are both good with fire and ice.
Even though Clive’s character seems a bit simple, the Game of Thrones influence really comes through in Valisthea’s setting. HBO’s fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, did a great job of capturing the harshness of a world like this, and Final Fantasy 16 does a great job of matching this, making the game feel like a video game version of the show.
Valisthea is a hostile place even when it’s not at war. It’s also home to a number of different countries and nations that are at war with each other. The different groups have different and interesting conflicts and goals, and it’s clear that the fight for power is based on the political chaos that gives Game of Thrones its name.
The Worldbuilding Approach
Final Fantasy games have never been afraid to tell complicated, multi-layered stories, but even compared to other games in the series, Final Fantasy 16 has an amazing amount of backstory. Square Enix’s efforts to make Valisthea a living, breathing world are on par with those of some of the most story-rich games.
The game puts you in the middle of a world where the rules and interactions have already been set up. It’s a lot like Game of Thrones and other fantasy stories that inspired it.
The Active Time Lore system takes Final Fantasy 16’s lore to the next level. It lets you stop the game almost any time and look up information about the characters, settings, and conflicts that are happening right now.
Because of Active Time Lore and in-game tools like The Thousand Tomes, characters don’t have to spend a lot of time explaining their world. This means that the game can build a world that is as complicated as it wants to be.
The Amount Of Violence
Violence has always been a part of the Final Fantasy games. Some of the most famous deaths in video games have happened in Final Fantasy games, so it’s not a big surprise that this trend continues in Final Fantasy 16.
The amount of violence in the game is shocking. This is the cruelest Final Fantasy game so far. The story is filled with both small and large deaths.
Game of Thrones is known for the way it introduces characters, makes you like them, and then forces you to watch them die quickly.
Violence isn’t the only adult theme that Final Fantasy 16 goes into more depth than previous FF games. Final Fantasy has always played with the idea of sexuality, with more overtly sexual material being used more for humor than anything else.
Final Fantasy 16 is different in a lot of ways, which is a bit of an understatement.
Some of these figures want to get it on.The move toward more racy and sexual themes is clearly influenced by the fact that Spacebar Clicker doesn’t hesitate to show lustful and passionate situations.
Also, at least one character in the game is publicly gay. This is a step forward that was inspired by the HBO hit and characters like Sir Loras Tyrell.
The Treatment Of Slaves
At the heart of FF16 is the question of slavery. People who use magic in the land of Valisthea are looked down on, given tattoos on their faces, and sold to other people as property.
There are times when the way these “branded” people are treated is really hard to watch.
When you look at how slavery is shown in Game of Thrones and Final Fantasy 16’s Branded, it’s easy to see how the show influenced the game. In particular, Clive and Cid’s efforts to help the poor slaves and set them free are a lot like Daenerys Targaryen’s goal to set the slaves of Dorne free.
Like the people of King’s Landing, Winterfell, and other famous places in Westeros, the people you’ll meet in Final Fantasy 16 have a certain charm. Anyone you talk to will make you feel the same way, and the conversation is more simple and rural than even other Final Fantasy games set in the same time period.
Also, some of the people in Final Fantasy 16 can say very rude things. The game has more lively language than any other Final Fantasy game before it. Some people might laugh at the number of bad words, but they add to the game’s rough and rugged look.