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
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS) Review: Future Imperfect 6

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS) Review: Future Imperfect

Radiant Historia was a game that never truly earned its glowing reputation, as far as I'm concerned. The time-travelling RPG released on the Nintendo DS in 2011, garnering swift comparison to...
The Longest Five Minutes (Switch) Review: Lightning-Fast Flashback 5

The Longest Five Minutes (Switch) Review: Lightning-Fast Flashback

In the fifteen years since the release of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, NIS America has earned a reputation as the de facto publisher of quirky, anime-style games. Their games have starred...
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) Review: The Waiting Game

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) Review: The Waiting Game

On paper, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT sounds like an action-oriented Final Fantasy fan's dream come true. Featuring three-on-three online battles between some of the most recognizable faces in the series' 30...
Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Album Now Available 2

Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon Saga 20th Anniversary Arrangement Album Now Available

Long-lost Sega Saturn RPG classic Panzer Dragoon Saga, known primarily for the exorbitant price it fetches on the secondhand market, returns today in musical form with the release of Resurrection: Panzer Dragoon...
Lost Sphear (PS4) Review - Familiar Fantasy 6

Lost Sphear (PS4) Review – Familiar Fantasy

Lost Sphear is the tale of a world wherein people, places, and objects are gradually becoming "Lost". They simply disappear, seemingly gone forever, leaving behind only shimmering particles of white light....
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) Preview - Flaccid Fantasy

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) Preview – Flaccid Fantasy

Dissidia Final Fantasy and its oddly-titled sequel, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, are among my absolute favourite games on the PlayStation Portable. Lightning-fast fighters with abundant fanservice, the pair leveraged Final...
Romancing SaGa 2 (Switch) Review - Swift Succession

Romancing SaGa 2 (Switch) Review – Swift Succession

I never would've imagined that at the tail end of a spectacular year for video games, Square Enix would think to themselves, "Nope—we can't let Xenoblade Chronicles 2 be the only...
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review In Progress: This is the Aegis's Power 12

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review: A Blade in Need of a Whetstone

The burden of expectation weighs heavily upon Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It's hard to believe that the first game in the series nearly didn't make its way to North American shores. Since...
Game of the Year: Derek's Top 5 Games of 2017 2

Game of the Year: Derek’s Top 5 Games of 2017

Every gaming site across the web is likely to preface their Game of the Year awards with a similar statement: 2017 was nuts for video games. That's because it really was....
Cat Quest (Switch) Review - Purrfectly Ordinary 3

Cat Quest (Switch) Review – Purrfectly Ordinary

There's something to be said for the beauty of simplicity. Modern games tend to be complex by default, and while intricate systems have the potential to be engaging, sometimes it's nice...
.hack//G.U. Last Recode (PC) Review - A Digital Time Capsule 5

.hack//G.U. Last Recode (PC) Review – A Digital Time Capsule

The initial run of .hack was one of the earliest instances of cross-media collaboration I remember happening in the gaming space. A faux-MMORPG concept fleshed out with an anime, a manga,...
Chaos;Child (PS4) Review - Lost in Delusion 1

Chaos;Child (PS4) Review – Lost in Delusion

The visual novel genre is typified by mountains of text framed by the most minimal semblance of interactivity; most games under its umbrella feel more like sophisticated choose-your-own-adventure books than "video...