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Derek Heemsbergen


Favorite Games:
  • Earthbound
  • Xenoblade Chronicles
  • Anything by Falcom!

77 games reviewed
75.5 average score
78 median score
48.7% of games recommended

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Derek Heemsbergen's Reviews

A connoisseur of all things RPG, Derek has been writing about video games professionally since 2010. His educational background in linguistics and Japanese coalesced to form a fascination with game localization, a field he recently started working in after publishing research on the topic. He has a deep and abiding love for Japanese developer Nihon Falcom, and his heart is prone to go pitter-patter at the sound of the word "Ys." Aside from his kinda-sorta-almost-all-consuming love of gaming, Derek enjoys staying active, improving his mediocre cooking skills, drinking too much coffee, and covering his body in geeky tattoos. He lives with his partner in Arizona and seeks to expand his family by once again welcoming several ferrets into the fold.
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Derek Heemsbergen
8 / 10.0 - Kingdom Hearts III
Jan 29, 2019

Kingdom Hearts III is the biggest, boldest, flashiest entry in the saga—one that builds upon the gameplay systems of its forebears in a kaleidoscopic carnival of action RPG jubilance.

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Derek Heemsbergen
Jan 16, 2019

A surreal, weird, and original RPG quite unlike anything else in the (Soul) space, YIIK's heart beats stronger than its technical shortcomings.

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Oct 24, 2018

This anime-styled fighter goes plus ultra for fans of the My Hero Academia franchise, but its lackluster single-player content feels phoned in.

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7.5 / 10.0 - Super Mario Party
Oct 3, 2018

By ditching previous entries' clumsy attempts at innovation, Super Mario Party reminds us how fun it can be to crowd around a TV and roll dice with the Mushroom Kingdom crew.

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9 / 10.0 - Timespinner
Sep 28, 2018

Beautifully trim, transcendently polished, and unexpectedly inclusive, Timespinner is among the most capable endeavours to spring from Castlevania's picked-over carcass.

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Derek Heemsbergen
Sep 25, 2018

An enjoyable but extraordinarily safe follow-up that carries the torch for this beloved strategy RPG series into the next generation.

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Dragon Quest XI's strength lies not in defying conventions, but in refining the concepts its predecessors pioneered to the absolute apex of what a Dragon Quest game can be.

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7.5 / 10.0 - WarioWare Gold
Aug 9, 2018

While unlikely to ever eclipse the popularity of games starring his do-gooder counterpart—lo, art imitates life—Wario's series of wacky microgames nevertheless exudes such raw charisma and fun factor that it's hard not to root for him.

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9 / 10.0 - Octopath Traveler
Jul 19, 2018

Octopath Traveler is a sublime mélange of classic role-playing sensibilities and modern conveniences that speaks to this RPG aficionado's soul.

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May 23, 2018

This hack-and-slash romp is as good as it was in 2014, but remains fundamentally the same game, making it best suited for those yet to experience Hyrule Warriors whatsoever.

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6.5 / 10.0 - The Swords of Ditto
Apr 24, 2018

While indisputably overflowing with cartoonish charm, the more tedious aspects of The Swords of Ditto's design prevented me from fully engaging with everything it has to offer.

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A novel, thematic conceit is the most interesting element of this repetitive experience; the rest is weighed down by crybaby characters and vague, unsatisfying gameplay objectives. Atelier is overdue for a revamp.

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7.5 / 10.0 - The Alliance Alive
Mar 26, 2018

The Alliance Alive's one-of-a-kind atmosphere and decadent soundtrack are high notes in an experience otherwise subject to the whims of random number generation.

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Derek Heemsbergen
Mar 19, 2018

One of the best JRPGs released in ages, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is as charming as it is intricate, full of expressive characters and addictive gameplay systems that mesh together in perfect harmony.

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Derek Heemsbergen
Mar 8, 2018

The Royal Pack is a well-realized bundle of miscellany that refines the core Final Fantasy XV experience while reminding us that it's still an incomplete game sixteen months after launch.

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Mar 7, 2018

Mercenaries Saga Chronicles is about as straightforward as a strategy RPG can be, its greatest asset being an impressive volume of content that eclipses its meager asking price.

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6 / 10.0 - Secret of Mana HD
Feb 21, 2018

Curiously lean on the magic that made Secret of Mana a seminal classic, this remake is serviceable in a pinch, but revisiting the original is probably a better use of time.

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Feb 13, 2018

Smoothing out the wrinkles, Perfect Chronology evens out to an experience of roughly the same calibre as the well-worn original.

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Feb 6, 2018

Calling The Longest Five Minutes a deconstruction of 8- and 16-bit RPG tropes is only half-true, as it turns around and reconstructs those same tropes by journey's end. Still, it's a brisk and amusing adventure that knows how to play to its strengths.

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Derek Heemsbergen
Feb 5, 2018

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is an affront to the Final Fantasy legacy whose superficial beauty fails to obfuscate its complete lack of substance.

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