The Namazu and the Greatest Gift is a picture book that was created by Final Fantasy XIV, so popular. The game is renowned for its immersive storylines and sprawling world, which has inspired many many hefty book titles, all aimed at people who want to dig deep into their favourite characters.The book also goes with a lot of different parts. It was credited to Banri Oda, writer of Final Fantasy XIVs main scenario, but was created for children’s computer and reacted as a book, then as a hardback (6-3/4 x 6-3/4) with a glossy dust jacket. Every page is decorated with charming illustrations by Square-Enix character artist Hiroyuki Nagamine which make this story more interesting.

Those who had made it through the Stormblood expansion already know the Namazu, a tribe of wildcatfish-like tribes who feature heavily in some more lighthearted moments (of what was otherwise a very dark storyline). The character who come to this book will be familiar with crafters and gatherers who dabbled in the sidequests for the seven hundred and seventy-seven on the Azim Steppe, but the story is simple enough that to enjoy this book is a sequel to those beast tribe quests. There are also no direct spoilers for the side quests. It is difficult to say so much about the story, so light-heartedly, and then chronicling a story that focuses on the adventure, which he says is to help his friends save his house from another impending disaster. The title of the title is also a comic relief, but not that in this tale, they have plenty of struggles.

The team’s Translation and the Final Fantasy XIV Localization team is credited with the praise of Kathryn Cwynar and Stephen Meyerink, but even though the translators are involved, it’s much easier to read than the often laudable pseudomedieval dialogue in the game’s main scenario. A clever narrative style gives the reader a sense of the power of the story. Parents who play the game can also enjoy reading it with their younger children so they can both enjoy the story together.

Although The tale of the namazu and the greatest gift is very brief, this review could probably challenge it for total word count, therefore it provides a fun diversion, and would be a nice gift for gamers who love the namazu and want a physical memento of the time they’ve spent together on the steppe. With all the illustrations, it is a miniature art book with pages of the catfish-folk and their comical, guileless expressions, and the occasional picture of the support character O’Connor. If you don’t want to go for the wrong part, why would you like the story to tell the story of the namazu, there’s a lot to enjoy here.

Free extracts can be downloaded from the publisher’s website.