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

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.

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.

The Difference Between Ghost Recon Breakpoint and The Division 2: "We're a Shooter, They're an RPG"

Ghost Recon Breakpoint still wants to emphasize the "shooter" part of being a looter shooter.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Producer On Emphasizing "Work and Life Balance" Over Crunch

Despite an ambitious content roadmap, Ubisoft executive producer Nouredine Abboud explains how Ubisoft is staying on track.

Final Fantasy 8 Was Always Good

Reexamining one of the most divisive games in the series on its 20th anniversary.

Axe of the Blood God on Oninaki and the Dragon Quest 11 Switch Demo

Plus, it's time for a mailbag!

NBA 2K20 is Still Very Committed to Switch: "The Flexibility Can't be Matched With That Console"

FIFA is scaling back on Nintendo's platform, but for the moment, Visual Concepts is here to stay.

NBA 2K20 Finally Tackles the VC Microtransaction Grind: "We Didn't Want People to Feel [...] Trapped in This Grind Anymore"

Virtual Currency is here to stay, but at least the grind will be less painful this year.

Starting Screen | Sony's Insomniac Acquisition is Its First Major Salvo in the PS5 Generation

Exclusives matter more than ever... or do they?

Axe of the Blood God Celebrates the Sega Genesis' 30th Anniversary

The Console RPG Quest continues! Plus, our thoughts on Grandia HD and Witcher 3 on Switch!

Here's What Bathtub Geralt Looks Like in Witcher 3 for Switch - Hands-On Impressions

Witcher 3 on Switch is looking pretty good!

NBA 2K20 Teams Up With LeBron and World's Hottest Man Idris Elba For MyCareer

Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, and the real star, Ernie Hudson, are in NBA 2K20's story mode.

Ice-T Revealed as Ornery Stuffed Bear in Borderlands 3

And he gets eaten by an alien T-Rex.

"No Current Plans" for Borderlands 3 DLC Characters, Gearbox Confirms

Four Borderlands 3 DLC packs are planned, but new characters will have to wait.

Borderlands 3 Puts a Bow on the Main Trilogy's Story: "Where We Go From Here, We Have No Idea"

The new game will also resolve questions from Tales From the Borderlands and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.

Starting Screen | Can Sports Games be Fixed?

No one seems happy with otherwise popular games like Madden and FIFA. What's going wrong?

What Makes a Good RPG Romance? Axe of the Blood God Finds Out

With Fire Emblem: Three Houses now out, Axe of the Blood God takes a closer look at what makes good RPG romances.

Volta Feels Like the Missing Piece of the Puzzle for FIFA 20

We go hands-on with FIFA 20's new street mode, and we like what we see.

Axe of the Blood God's Console RPG Quest is Playing With Power... Portable Power

Kat and Nadia explores the noble RPG history of the Game Boy on its 30th anniversary.

Why I'm Not Reviewing Madden 20 This Year

What is there be said about this version? Not enough.

Obsidian Talks About Ways to be Really Evil in The Outer Worlds

How bad can you get? Pretty bad, it seems.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Romances Are Its Weakest Element, and I'm Kind of Glad

Fire Emblem makes a welcome course correction after Fates.

We Get Up Close and Personal With Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's Newest Monster: The Viper Tobi-Kadachi

Check out gameplay footage from Monster Hunter: World's upcoming expansion, including some new monsters.

Madden 20's Franchise Mode Has Fallen Far Behind the Competition. Here's How to Fix It

Seven major improvements that need to happen for Madden's franchise mode to catch up with the competition.

Axe of the Blood God's Fire Emblem: Three Houses Roundtable

Kat is joined by GameSpot's Kallie Plagge and Gamesbeat's Mike Minotti to dig deep into Three Houses.

NHL 20 Interview: Why Planned Improvements to Its "Be a Pro" Mode Got Pushed Back and More

We catch up with creative director William Ho to talk improvements to the gameplay, online franchise, and Year 2 of World of Chel.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Review

Intelligent Systems' venerable tactics series finally returns to console, but is it a success? Our full review.

How Does Fire Emblem: Three Houses Stack Up Against Persona, Bully, and Other Games With School Settings?

We don't need no education, but video game characters are another story.

Axe of the Blood God: Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Dragon Quest Builders 2, Switch Lite, and More!

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!

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is Excellent, But Its Excellence Comes at a Cost

Three Houses solidifies the trends that began with Awakening, but in a good way (mostly).

Man of Medan Developer Already Working on the Fifth Game In Its Dark Pictures Anthology

Supermassive Games pushing ahead with its new interactive version of Tales From the Crypt.

The Axe of the Blood God Console RPG Quest Takes on the TurboGrafx-16

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.

Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Largely Misses the Point

A free-to-play jumble that misses what made Pokemon Go and its own source material so special.

NHL 20: Doc Emrick is Out and Battle Royale is in as EA Releases First Details and Trailer Featuring Auston Matthews

NHL 20 borrows from Fortnite, Overwatch, and more in its latest update.

Starting Screen | How the Second Half of 2019 is Shaping Up for Video Games Now That E3 is Over

We take a look at the upcoming release schedule and identify one potential juggernaut.

Axe of the Blood God Wraps Up E3 2019: Kat Loses Her Mind Over Pokemon

Kat goes temporarily insane, Final Fantasy 7 Remake is Game of the Show, and more.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Limited Pokedex is a Stomach Punch for Longtime Fans Like Me

Why fans are so upset about the news that some Pokemon won't be available in Sword and Shield.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Avatar Byleth's Appearance Won't be Customizable Outside of Gender, Nintendo Says

Nintendo reaches out to clarify customization options for Byleth.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 1 Will be Set Solely in Midgar, Second Episode Being Outlined Now

Square Enix isn't sure how many episodes there will be.

Mario Maker 2 "Making Changes" That May Make it Possible to Play With Friends Online

Nintendo making some changes after outcry.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Won't Have Full National Pokedex, Locking Some Pokemon Out

Only monsters from the Galar Pokedex will be transferable through Pokemon Bank.

Nintendo Direct E3 2019 Recap: Breath of the Wild 2 Megaton Blows Everything Else Away

Also, a new Mana game, tons of ports, and lots more.

Axe of the Blood E3 2019 Reaction Pod: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Hype, Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk, and More!

Nadia and Kat react to all the biggest RPG news for E3 2019!

New Xbox One Backward Compatible Releases Ending After Final Wave That Includes Asura's Wrath

The spirit of retro gaming will live on with Project Scarlett though.

Ubisoft E3 2019 Press Conference Recap: Gods and Monsters, Watch Dogs Legion, and a Very Good Dog

All of Ubisoft's announcements from today's show.

Starting Screen | Microsoft's Dud of an E3 2019 Press Conference Makes Sony Look Smart for Skipping the Show

Sony got more out of a Wired interview than Microsoft did in an entire press conference.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 First Gameplay Trailer Reveals a Faithful Looking Sequel

We get a first hard look at the anticipated sequel in extended gameplay trailer.

Bethesda E3 2019 Press Conference Recap: Shinji Mikami, Arkane, and Fallout 76 [!?] Shine With New Announcements

Doom Eternal, Elder Scrolls: Blades on Switch, and lots more from the Bethesda press conference.

Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference Recap: The Next-Generation Xbox is Revealed (Sort Of), But Keanu Reeves Steals the Show

Cyberpunk 2077 and Gears 5 get release dates, Project Scarlett gets details, and Keanu Reeves drops in instead of Shigeru Miyamoto.

FIFA 20 Hands-on: Slower, But Perhaps Better

We try out this year's version of EA's popular soccer sim.

FIFA 20 Developers on Why Volta Won't Have Online Team Play, the Microtransactions Question, and More

We checked out the new FIFA Street revival at EA Play 2019. Here's what we learned.

Madden 20 EA Play 2019 Hands-On: 5 Observations and My Current Confidence Level

Madden 20 adds some new features to highlight the superstars, but is it enough?

All of Our E3 2019 Coverage: News, Rumors, and Hands-on for the Show's Biggest Games

Here's how to easily find all of our E3 2019 coverage so far.

Larian Studios Shares Its Vision for Baldur's Gate 3: "We Got the Keys to the Toy Box"

We talk to Larian founder Swen Vincke and D&D creative director Mike Mearls about reviving one of the greatest RPGs ever.

Slay the Spire Review

One of the best indie games on PC makes its way to Switch. Our full review.

Starting Screen | E3 2019 May Be the Beginning of the End of Old Console Wars as We Know Them

As platforms give way to services, Microsoft is going back to its roots amid its new console reveal.

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