Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

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).

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Latest Articles

USG Game of the Month for March 2020: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rebuilt Our Shorn Social Connections

GAME OF THE MONTH | March's best game won over even the Animal Crossing skeptics on the staff.

Axe of the Blood God: Remembering Square's Direct to Video Era

Special guest Ben Hanson joins the pod to remember the Compilation of Final Fantasy 7.

Axe of the Blood God: The Persona 5 Spoilercast

All we want to do is date boys.

USG Game of the Month for March 2020: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rebuilt Our Shorn Social Connections

GAME OF THE MONTH | March's best game won over even the Animal Crossing skeptics on the staff.

Axe of the Blood God: Remembering Square's Direct to Video Era

Special guest Ben Hanson joins the pod to remember the Compilation of Final Fantasy 7.

Axe of the Blood God: The Persona 5 Spoilercast

All we want to do is date boys.

The Studio Behind the Messenger Is Trying to Kickstart Its Dream RPG in the Midst of a Pandemic

We talk to Sabotage Studio about its vision for Sea of Stars, and the nightmare of unveiling its dream project in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

MLB The Show 20 Review: A Baseball Fan's Balm for a Painful Spring

Opening Day may have been delayed, but The Show must go on.

See How Trials of Mana's Early Scenes Compare Between the Original and the Remake

It's a much bigger upgrade than what Secret of Mana received.

Axe of the Blood God: Mako Reactor Attacks, Evading Dragons, and Other Amazing RPG Intros

We explore the opening moments of some of our favorite RPGs.

The Final Fantasy 7 Spinoffs You Never Knew About

The less famous stories, movies, and games that filled in the gaps of Final Fantasy 7's lore.

Starting Screen | Everyone Forgets That Final Fantasy 13 Had a Really Good Battle System

Lessons learned from Final Fantasy 13, Ori returns, and everything else that's happening this week in games.

Axe of the Blood God: Why Airships Rule

Our latest mailbag tackles RPG commandments, why airships are awesome, and more!

Ninja Theory Opens Up: Its Barbecue With Rare, Overcoming Doubts About Bleeding Edge, and Avoiding Crunch

"Oh my god, we have a brother-sister relationship with another studio in the UK."

The Case for the PlayStation 2 Being the Greatest Console Ever

Why the highest-selling console of all time is also the best.

Countdown to Final Fantasy 7 Remake: A New Weekly Series Leading up to Release

We count down the final weeks to Final Fantasy 7 Remake's release with a new series of features, essays, and podcasts.

Axe of the Blood God: We Play Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Celebrate PlayStation 2's 20th Anniversary

We've got a packed episode this week as we take a look at some of the year's most anticipated RPGs.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Changes One of the Original's Most Iconic Scenes, and Not for the Better

What Cloud's first meeting with Aerith says about the differences between the remake and the original.

Watch Our 15 Minute Guided Tour of Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Opening Mission

Plus scattered thoughts on summons, Mako Reactor 5, and more.

Baldur's Gate 3's New Cinematic Trailer is Seriously Squicking Me Out

Horrific neural parasites. Why does it always have to be horrific neural parasites.

Baldur's Gate 3 Being Turn-Based Was "Never Really a Question"

We go in-depth on Baldur's Gate 3's battle system, its branching narrative, and more.

With Baldur's Gate 3 Coming to Stadia, Larian Reacts to the Platform's Struggles

"We of course follow the news, and we know what players are thinking and why they're thinking that."

Microsoft Just Pulled Out of GDC Due to Coronavirus Fears [Update: Epic is Out Too]

Xbox developer joins Sony, EA, and other major devs in canceling events as Covid-19 spreads.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is "Three Times the Scope and Scale" of Blind Forest

We talk to the devs at Moon about delays, growing up as a studio, and success on the Switch.

Axe of the Blood God: The Tropes We Love (and Hate) to See in RPGs

From sewer levels to ridiculous weapons, we talk about the tropes we both love and hate to see in RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God: The Dreamcast Console RPG Quest

The Console RPG Quest takes on one of the most beloved consoles ever. Plus, Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC discussion!

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Has Plenty of Improvements, But Don't Expect Any Galar Cameos

We go hands-on with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and pick up a few tidbits along the way.

Get an Early Glimpse of Next-Gen With 20 Minutes of Outriders Gameplay

We captured high-end PC footage from Outriders, which will also be out on PS5 and Xbox Series X later this year.

Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Review: Almost a Sonic Boom

After all the hype and controversy, Sonic serves up a perfectly competent video game adaptation.

MLB The Show 20 Has Hit "Visual Maturity," But the Tech Still Has Plenty of Room to Grow as PS5 Looms

Sony San Diego's approach to tech offers some insight into its mindset as the generation winds to a close.

Axe of the Blood God: The State of JRPGs in 2020

From Persona 5 to Atelier Ryza, Kat and Nadia talk about how JRPGs are faring as a new decade begins.

A Frank Chat About Difficulty With Nioh 2's Producer

Quoth The Raven Tengu, Nevermore.

Axe of the Blood God: Looking Back on the Decade in RPGs

Kat and Nadia talk about all the ways that RPGs changed dramatically over the course of the 2010s.

Why Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost On Probably Isn't Coming to Switch

Decade-old arcade architecture makes a port unlikely.

Warcraft 3 Was the Best Strategy Game Blizzard Ever Made

One of Blizzard's lesser-known classics finally gets its due. Plus, all of the big releases, The Sims 20th anniversary, and more.

Axe of the Blood God: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, Temtem, and the January Mailbag!

Which short RPGs do we recommend? What happened to Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot? Find out in this week's episode of our RPG podcast.

Captain Tsubasa’s Surprisingly Rich Video Game Heritage and Its Ties to Tecmo Bowl and Ninja Gaiden

It's not a soccer RPG anymore, but Captain Tsubasa hearkens back to the days of Tecmo's sports games in other ways.

76 Million Households Watched Netflix's The Witcher for At Least Two Minutes

More than 76 million households have watched the new show starring Henry Cavill. Or at least some of it.

Axe of the Blood God Console RPG Quest: Nintendo 64

We look back on a major turning point in Nintendo's history.

Actually, Resident Evil 4 Was Plenty Scary

On its 15th anniversary, we remember some of Resident Evil 4's scariest moments.

Remember When... Xbox 360 Tried to Conquer Japan?

Microsoft's attempts to win over Japanese gamers, and why it ultimately failed.

Starting Screen | 2020 Will Be One of the Most Consequential Years in Gaming History

This will be the year that all of the major promises of the past decade finally come true.

Axe of the Blood God Previews the RPGs of 2020

Cyberpunk, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and a brand new generation of consoles highlights 2020 in RPGs.

The Axe of the Blood God End of 2019 Extravaganza!

We're back to talk about all the best games of 2019 in the final episode of the year!

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Wins Game of the Year: The Full List of Winners From Tonight's The Game Awards

Death Stranding gets Best Game Direction as a consolation prize, and Disco Elysium takes home four awards.

Once the King of PC Gaming, MechWarrior is Now the Big Stompy Ghost of a Bygone Era

A legacy series returns, and there’s little else like it in gaming today.

Armored Monsters and Flying Swords: Here's Your First Look at Babylon's Fall's Gameplay

We get our first glimpse of the gameplay from the new collaboration between PlatinumGames and Square Enix.

MLB The Show, Long an Important PlayStation Exclusive, Appears Headed for Switch and Xbox One

One of Sony's best exclusives is going multi-platform, and it's a win for baseball fans everywhere.

Shovel Knight Showdown Review: A Sneaky Contender for 2019's Best Party Game

An excellent arena battler that transcends Shovel Knight's boundaries in unexpected ways.

Shovel Knight: King of Cards Review: This Crown Belongs to Another

King of Cards is the most ambitious Shovel Knight game to date, but it's not quite the best.

Nintendo Switch Online Getting Four More SNES Games After Long Wait, Including the Once Lost Star Fox 2

Crystalis is also on its way to the NES version of the service.

FIFA 20 Removes Retired Dutch Player Marco van Basten After He Uses Nazi Greeting on Television

"We have an expectation that our commitment to equality and diversity is upheld across our game," EA says.

Axe of the Blood God: Why Dungeons & Dragons is Enjoying a Mini-Renaissance

Dicebreaker's Sara Elsam joins the pod to talk about the state of D&D in 2019.

Checking in on FIFA 20 for Black Friday: Does It Hold Up?

We enjoyed FIFA 20 during review, but is it worth picking up on Black Friday? We check in on EA's soccer sim.

Starting Screen | Five Games I Missed That I'm Planning to Play Now That the Holidays Are Here

A look at the games I want to play before 2019 is officially finished.

From Jedi: Fallen Order to Bushido Blade: The 35 Year Quest for the Perfect Video Game Lightsaber

Tracing the history of the iconic weapon from the Atari 2600 to the present, and all the ways that it's influenced gaming.

In Defense of Cal Kestis, Jedi: Fallen Order's Dorkiest Padawan

There's more to Fallen Order's red-headed Jedi than meets the eye.

Half-Life is Back

And it's a VR game.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Pokemon Sword and Shield and Romancing SaGa 3

Kat, Nadia, and special guest Kallie Plagge go in-depth on Gen 8.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Review: A New Hope

Respawn bursts on the scene with one of the best Star Wars games in ages, but there's a dark side.

Obsidian Founder Feargus Urquhart, Whose Credits Include Fallout, Wants to be a Game Director Again

After years on the business side, founder Feargus Urquhart is ready to make games again.

Grounded Impressions: Why Obsidian Fans Shouldn't Write Off This Quirky Passion Project Just Yet

An odd choice by Obsidian, but there's more than meets the eye here.

Rune 2 Publisher: Bethesda's Closure of Human Heading Studios is "Shocking News"

Publishing partner Ragnarok LLC says it learned of studio's closure at the same time as everyone else.

Will Hideo Kojima Ever Stop Making Metal Gear Solid?

A closer look at Death Stranding reveals a game that isn't as different as it first seems.

Death Stranding, Explained: Breaking Down the Complex Relationships, Mysteries, and Ending of Hideo Kojima's Sprawling Epic

There's a lot to unpack in Kojima Productions' Death Stranding. That hasn't stopped us from having a crack at it.

Axe of the Blood God: The Death Stranding Spoilercast is Here

Kat, Hirun, and Eric get together to talk about everything that happens in Kojima's confounding new blockbuster.

Death Stranding Roundtable: We're Still Trying to Figure Out What the Heck We Just Played

Eric, Kat, and Hirun answer some follow-up questions about Death Stranding on the occasion of its launch.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Postmortem: The Making of the Expansion and the Future of the Series

We talk to Capcom about the challenge of making new monsters, future events, and that wonderful Palico grandmother.

Starting Screen | Blizzard Had a Terrible Weekend, But At Least Warcraft 3: Reforged is Good

Maybe Blizzard's best days really are behind it.

Axe of the Blood God Console RPG Quest: The Sega Saturn

Digital Foundry's John Linneman joins Kat and Nadia to talk about one of the most interesting consoles in history.

Death Stranding Review: The Boldest, And Most Perplexing, Game of 2019

Hideo Kojima’s first independent effort is an unexpected bridge to the PS2.

The Outer Worlds Devs Have One Thing They Would Change About Fallout 3's Most Famous Quest

It's the difference between building a sandbox and building an RPG.

Shenmue 3 Can't Help Betraying the Spirit of the Original Game

Where once the series sat at the bleeding edge of game design, Shenmue 3 is more content to look backward.

What to Read, Play, and Watch Before Playing The Outer Worlds

Leonard Boyarsky and Tim Cain share the syllabus for their new RPG.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Three Big RPGs for October

Kat and Nadia are joined by Mike and Caty to talk about Trails of Cold Steel 3, Disco Elysium, Little Town Hero, and more.

Is Darth Maul in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order? There's Strong Evidence For It After the Latest Reveals

Dathomir is in Fallen Order, and that could mean the return of the Baddest Man in the Galaxy.

Why Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Doesn't Have Fast Travel

Fallen Order dispenses with a modern convenience in the name of exploration.

8 Minutes of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Highlights: The Force is Finally With EA

We highlight some new and interesting examples of Fallen Order in action, from AT-ST combat to the Ninth Sister.

Starting Screen | Blizzard's Troubled 2019 Finds the Once Invincible Studio at a Crossroads

This past year has found Blizzard embroiled in one controversy after another. What does it say about its future?

Mailbag of the Blood God: What to Play if You're New to RPGs

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 is in an Even Bigger Mess Than the NBA on China, and It Has No One to Blame But Itself

Blizzard's handling of the Hearthstone controversy is an international mess of its own making.

John Wick Hex Review: Excommunicado

An amazing action series yields a one-dimensional tactics game.

The Secret RPGs of the Atari Jaguar, 3DO, and Neo Geo

Axe of the Blood God dives into one of the stranger periods of gaming history.

Starting Screen | Destiny Has Defined This Generation, For Better or Worse

Please enjoy your regular helping of content.

Medal of Honor is Back, and It's Conjuring the Ghosts of Wii Sports

Respawn's revival of the classic World War II shooter brings the series to VR.

The Axe of the Blood God Fall 2019 RPG Preview

From Pokemon to the Outer Worlds, Kat and Nadia talk about the big RPGs coming out this holiday season.

FIFA 20 Review: This Year's Version Takes to the Streets, But It's Strongest on the Pitch

A brand new mode and some much-improved gameplay highlight an ambitious update for FIFA.

At Last, FIFA 20's Career Mode is Interesting Again - Review Impressions

Some much-needed improvements have a major impact on FIFA 20's much-maligned career mode.

Starting Screen | Games are Running Worse Than Ever on the Base PS4 and Xbox One. Is There a Solution?

Owners of the base consoles are increasingly saddled with long load times when playing games like Borderlands 3.

The 16-bit Console Wars Return on Axe of the Blood God

The Blood God drops listeners in a time warp back to 1994.

NHL 20 Review

A conservative update that nevertheless shouldn't be ignored by hockey fans.

A PSA for the USG Community: Why We're Wiping Our Comments Archive

A note from the editor on why we're scrubbing the comments.

New Celeste DLC Includes an Affecting Revelation About Madeline That Casts Her Story in a New Light

Madeline's battle with depression and anxiety take on a new meaning in Farewell DLC.

Why the Dreamcast Still Matters

Why the Sega Dreamcast still resonates with game enthusiasts on its 20th anniversary.

Nintendo Direct Recap: A Deluge of Ports From September 2019 Onward

From Overwatch to Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition, here's a recap of all the announcements.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Review

One of the generation's best action games gets a terrific expansion.

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