Derek Heemsbergen

Derek Heemsbergen
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A University of Arizona graduate, Derek Heemsbergen has been writing about games professionally for over six years. He loves RPGs almost as much as he loves the way ferrets smell.
Latest Articles From Derek Heemsbergen
Rakuen Review - Beautiful and

Rakuen Review – Beautiful and Emotional

I've often said that my favourite video games are the ones that help me cultivate a deeper understanding of the human condition. I don't necessarily pick up any game with the...
Cosmic Star Heroine Review

Cosmic Star Heroine Review – Fun for Retro RPG Fans

Evaluation by comparison is one of the most straightforward strategies a critic can employ. It's also one of the least nuanced. I say this knowing full well that I often do it...
The Caligula Effect Review - A Technical Mess

The Caligula Effect Review – A Technical Mess

Novel game concepts are far less common than their iterative counterparts. A successful franchise is bound to spawn its fair share of imitators, and while some compare favourably to their progenitors,...
Kero Blaster Review - Silly, Well Crafted Charisma

Kero Blaster Review – Silly, Well Crafted Charisma

Loath though I may be to perpetuate the cycle, no evaluation of a Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya game can escape comparison to Cave Story, the auteur's magnum opus and one of the...
Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus Review

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus Review

Rough, gruff, and covered in scruff, Gladiolus is the most physically imposing member of the Final Fantasy XV cast. He's also a surprisingly grounded guy, the kind you'd expect to put...
VOEZ Switch Review - An Intreresting Touch Screen Demo

VOEZ Switch Review – An Interesting Touch Screen Demo

In my experience, smartphone games don't often transition to consoles with much finesse; one need look no further than the clumsy big-screen execution of titles like Oceanhorn or Republique to see...
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Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment Switch Review

I had to do a double-take when I realized that Shovel Knight first released back in 2014. Already something of a nostalgic fever-dream, it brought the indelible essence of the 8-bit...
New Lands and Samurai Await in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood 2

New Lands and Samurai Await in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

The third and final leg of the worldwide Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival tour kicked off in Frankfurt, Germany early this morning. After the debut of a stunning cinematic trailer for the MMORPG's next...
Memoranda Review - Means Well, Fails to Deliver

Memoranda Review – Means Well, Fails to Deliver

I value narrative and characterization above most other elements in video games; I am drawn to vibrant personalities who have things to teach me about myself and the world I inhabit....
Tales of Berseria Review -  A Return to Form

Tales of Berseria Review – A Return to Form

Forgive the tired sentiment, but Tales games are the RPG equivalent of comfort food. They come out every year or two looking a little bit different—a fresh cast here, a new...
First 15 - KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUEvideo

First 15 – KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 FINAL CHAPTER PROLOGUE

CGMagazine looks at Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prolouge on the PS4 from Square Enix.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Review 2

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue Review

Some people gauge their compatibility with new acquaintances by examining their political values or evaluating their sense of humor. I, on the other hand, test their endurance by explaining the long...

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Aftercharge Preview – A Blend of Ideas

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