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
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...
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (PS4) Review - Too Sexy for its Own Good 12

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception (PS4) Review – Too Sexy for its Own Good

There's no denying that the written word is no longer the most popular avenue of narrative ingestion. Compared to its flashier audio and visual counterparts, textual storytelling demands a higher degree...
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Review - Liberty or Death 4

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Review – Liberty or Death

"May you ever walk in the light of the crystal." These words have spurred me onward time and again, toward horizons unknown throughout the myriad realms of Final Fantasy. I've grown...
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...

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How The Dark Tower Adaptations Should Be Handled

Fans of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series have long been clamouring for a faithful and imaginative film adaptation. After several delays, cancellations, and...