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Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).@The_Katbot firstname.lastname@example.org
Microsoft's attempts to win over Japanese gamers, and why it ultimately failed.
This will be the year that all of the major promises of the past decade finally come true.
Cyberpunk, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and a brand new generation of consoles highlights 2020 in RPGs.
We're back to talk about all the best games of 2019 in the final episode of the year!
Death Stranding gets Best Game Direction as a consolation prize, and Disco Elysium takes home four awards.
A legacy series returns, and there’s little else like it in gaming today.
We get our first glimpse of the gameplay from the new collaboration between PlatinumGames and Square Enix.
One of Sony's best exclusives is going multi-platform, and it's a win for baseball fans everywhere.
An excellent arena battler that transcends Shovel Knight's boundaries in unexpected ways.
King of Cards is the most ambitious Shovel Knight game to date, but it's not quite the best.
Plus, some Breath of Fire 2 memories!
Crystalis is also on its way to the NES version of the service.
"We have an expectation that our commitment to equality and diversity is upheld across our game," EA says.
Dicebreaker's Sara Elsam joins the pod to talk about the state of D&D in 2019.
We enjoyed FIFA 20 during review, but is it worth picking up on Black Friday? We check in on EA's soccer sim.
A look at the games I want to play before 2019 is officially finished.
Tracing the history of the iconic weapon from the Atari 2600 to the present, and all the ways that it's influenced gaming.
There's more to Fallen Order's red-headed Jedi than meets the eye.
Kat, Nadia, and special guest Kallie Plagge go in-depth on Gen 8.
Respawn bursts on the scene with one of the best Star Wars games in ages, but there's a dark side.
After years on the business side, founder Feargus Urquhart is ready to make games again.
An odd choice by Obsidian, but there's more than meets the eye here.
Publishing partner Ragnarok LLC says it learned of studio's closure at the same time as everyone else.
A closer look at Death Stranding reveals a game that isn't as different as it first seems.
There's a lot to unpack in Kojima Productions' Death Stranding. That hasn't stopped us from having a crack at it.
Kat, Hirun, and Eric get together to talk about everything that happens in Kojima's confounding new blockbuster.
Eric, Kat, and Hirun answer some follow-up questions about Death Stranding on the occasion of its launch.
We talk to Capcom about the challenge of making new monsters, future events, and that wonderful Palico grandmother.
Maybe Blizzard's best days really are behind it.
Digital Foundry's John Linneman joins Kat and Nadia to talk about one of the most interesting consoles in history.
Hideo Kojima’s first independent effort is an unexpected bridge to the PS2.
It's the difference between building a sandbox and building an RPG.
And we review the game too!
Where once the series sat at the bleeding edge of game design, Shenmue 3 is more content to look backward.
Leonard Boyarsky and Tim Cain share the syllabus for their new RPG.
Kat and Nadia are joined by Mike and Caty to talk about Trails of Cold Steel 3, Disco Elysium, Little Town Hero, and more.
Dathomir is in Fallen Order, and that could mean the return of the Baddest Man in the Galaxy.
Fallen Order dispenses with a modern convenience in the name of exploration.
We highlight some new and interesting examples of Fallen Order in action, from AT-ST combat to the Ninth Sister.
This past year has found Blizzard embroiled in one controversy after another. What does it say about its future?
The Axe of the Blood God mailbag returns with conversation about what to play if you're new to RPGs, Final Fantasy 13, and more.
Blizzard's handling of the Hearthstone controversy is an international mess of its own making.
Axe of the Blood God dives into one of the stranger periods of gaming history.
Please enjoy your regular helping of content.
Respawn's revival of the classic World War II shooter brings the series to VR.
From Pokemon to the Outer Worlds, Kat and Nadia talk about the big RPGs coming out this holiday season.
A brand new mode and some much-improved gameplay highlight an ambitious update for FIFA.
Some much-needed improvements have a major impact on FIFA 20's much-maligned career mode.
Owners of the base consoles are increasingly saddled with long load times when playing games like Borderlands 3.
The Blood God drops listeners in a time warp back to 1994.
A note from the editor on why we're scrubbing the comments.
Madeline's battle with depression and anxiety take on a new meaning in Farewell DLC.
Why the Sega Dreamcast still resonates with game enthusiasts on its 20th anniversary.
The USG RPG podcast is back!
From Overwatch to Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, here's a recap of all the announcements.
One of the generation's best action games gets a terrific expansion.
Ghost Recon Breakpoint still wants to emphasize the "shooter" part of being a looter shooter.
Despite an ambitious content roadmap, Ubisoft executive producer Nouredine Abboud explains how Ubisoft is staying on track.
Reexamining one of the most divisive games in the series on its 20th anniversary.
FIFA is scaling back on Nintendo's platform, but for the moment, Visual Concepts is here to stay.
Virtual Currency is here to stay, but at least the grind will be less painful this year.
Exclusives matter more than ever... or do they?
The Console RPG Quest continues! Plus, our thoughts on Grandia HD and Witcher 3 on Switch!
Witcher 3 on Switch is looking pretty good!
Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, and the real star, Ernie Hudson, are in NBA 2K20's story mode.
Four Borderlands 3 DLC packs are planned, but new characters will have to wait.
The new game will also resolve questions from Tales From the Borderlands and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
No one seems happy with otherwise popular games like Madden and FIFA. What's going wrong?
With Fire Emblem: Three Houses now out, Axe of the Blood God takes a closer look at what makes good RPG romances.
We go hands-on with FIFA 20's new street mode, and we like what we see.
Kat and Nadia explores the noble RPG history of the Game Boy on its 30th anniversary.
How bad can you get? Pretty bad, it seems.
We try the new space RPG by the creators of Fallout for the first time.
Fire Emblem makes a welcome course correction after Fates.
Check out gameplay footage from Monster Hunter: World's upcoming expansion, including some new monsters.
"Feedback is always a good thing," says producer Gareth Reeder.
Seven major improvements that need to happen for Madden's franchise mode to catch up with the competition.
Kat is joined by GameSpot's Kallie Plagge and Gamesbeat's Mike Minotti to dig deep into Three Houses.
We catch up with creative director William Ho to talk improvements to the gameplay, online franchise, and Year 2 of World of Chel.
Intelligent Systems' venerable tactics series finally returns to console, but is it a success? Our full review.
And Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers too!
We don't need no education, but video game characters are another story.
Kat and Nadia finally have some new RPGs to play. Here's what they think of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Dragon Quest Builders 2!
Three Houses solidifies the trends that began with Awakening, but in a good way (mostly).
Supermassive Games pushing ahead with its new interactive version of Tales From the Crypt.
Kat and Nadia examines the RPG legacy of the PC Engine, Kat has an update on her Final Fantasy 7 playthrough, and Nadia talks about Bloodstained.
A free-to-play jumble that misses what made Pokemon Go and its own source material so special.
NHL 20 borrows from Fortnite, Overwatch, and more in its latest update.
We take a look at the upcoming release schedule and identify one potential juggernaut.
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