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
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review In Progress: This is the Aegis's Power 12

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review In Progress: This is the Aegis’s Power

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...
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...
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (3DS) Review - Challenging Cartography

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (3DS) Review – Challenging Cartography

"Clearing the rubble from your path, you emerge from a narrow canyon corridor into a wide clearing. The orange bedrock beneath your feet is uneven, eroded by centuries of exposure to...
Blue Reflection (PS4) Review - Cracked Mirror 2

Blue Reflection (PS4) Review – Cracked Mirror

The magical girl genre is a staple of modern Japanese fantasy. From the bright and bubbly Sailor Moon to the disturbingly grim Madoka Magica, there's a wide variety of anime and...
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4) Review—Truth Versus Lies

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony (PS4) Review—Truth Versus Lies

A few years ago, I wanted nothing to do with Danganronpa. Its morbid premise—a neon-splattered killing game between sixteen talented high school students—sent chills down my spine. I wondered what joy...
Ys SEVEN (PC) Review - SEVENth Time's The Charm 3

Ys SEVEN (PC) Review – SEVENth Time’s The Charm

The presence of the Ys series seems to ebb and flow like the tide; its most recent incarnation, Ys: Memories of Celceta, graced North American shores nearly four years ago, and...
Tokyo Xanadu (PS Vita) Review - A Safe Effort 1

Tokyo Xanadu (PS Vita) Review – A Safe Effort

Nihon Falcom is one of my favourite developers because they have a game design philosophy that miraculously caters to all of my preferences with laser precision. Nuanced characterization and world-building? Check....
Namco Museum (Switch) Mini-Review - A Pac-Man Party Pack 1

Namco Museum (Switch) Mini-Review – A Pac-Man Party Pack

The preservation of video game history is extraordinarily important to me. On a broader level, the gradual shift from physical to digital media means that yesterday's games are increasingly less accessible;...
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Second Opinion - A Puissant Pantheon 1

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Second Opinion – A Puissant Pantheon

Not every story can speak to every person at every stage of their lives. The beauty of diversity in media is such that where one person sees a reflection of themselves,...
Kamiko (Switch) Mini-Review - Easy, Breezy, Beautiful 3

Kamiko (Nintendo Switch) Mini-Review – Fantastic Fit for the Switch

I'm a relentlessly organized sort of guy, the type who makes tracking the games he's playing into its own sort of game. I swore by the Backloggery for years, and while...