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

The Baroque Beauty of Valkyrie Profile, Tri-Ace's Greatest RPG

Now 20 years old, Valkyrie Profile is one of the PlayStation's finest RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God: Reacting to the Final Fantasy 16 Announcement

Harry Potter, Monster Hunter, and Final Fantasy 16 highlight a huge week for RPGs.

The Baroque Beauty of Valkyrie Profile, Tri-Ace's Greatest RPG

Now 20 years old, Valkyrie Profile is one of the PlayStation's finest RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God Emergency Podcast: Analyzing the Bethesda Acquisition

Kat and Nadia react to Monday’s news.

Axe of the Blood God: Reacting to the Final Fantasy 16 Announcement

Harry Potter, Monster Hunter, and Final Fantasy 16 highlight a huge week for RPGs.

The Recent PlayStation 5 Showcase Showed How Much Sony is Relying On the Past

While Sony plays its greatest hits, Xbox is setting itself up for the future.

Starting Screen | Super Mario 64 Remains the Best of the 3D Mario Games

An ode to Nintendo's pioneering platformer on the eve of the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Axe of the Blood God: The Fall RPG 2020 Preview

We preview Cyberpunk 2077, Yakuza 7, and the rest of this fall's biggest RPGs.

Axe of the Blood God: What the PlayStation Portable Meant for RPGs

The Console RPG Quest explores Sony's big move into handheld gaming.

Madden NFL Should Have Gone to the Fortnite Model a Long Time Ago

The backlash against Madden NFL 21 is symptomatic of a larger problem.

I Wish I Loved Wasteland 3

Amazing promise, middling execution.

Madden 21 is Planning Its September Title Update for the Start of the NFL Season

Lots of fixes to Madden 21's gameplay are inbound.

USG Game of the Month: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is a Vision of the Future

A true graphical achievement highlights the best games of August 2020.

Axe of the Blood God: Wasteland 3 Impressions, Moon's Switch Release, and More

Recapping a busy week for role-playing games.

Madden NFL 21 Review: A Few Stumbling Yards Forward

Solid improvements to the gameplay are marred by subpar single-player modes and a huge number of bugs.

A Brave Attempt to Rank 30 Years of Super Robot Wars Games

From the Game Boy to the Nintendo Switch, this is the best (and worst) Super Robot Wars has to offer.

Madden NFL 21's Seann Graddy is "Actually Quite Proud of This Generation" as Next-Gen Approaches

Executive Producer Seann Graddy talks about Madden NFL 21's brand-new mode, franchise mode woes, and the road to PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Starting Screen | It's Time for Ubisoft to Bring the Scott Pilgrim Game Back

On Scott Pilgrim's 10th anniversary, this excellent beat 'em up should be playable by everyone.

Axe of the Blood God: Remembering Square's Summer of Adventure 2000

Three big RPGs, one big summer event.

Axe of the Blood God: The Nintendo DS's Remarkable RPG Legacy

The World Ends With You, Dragon Quest 9, and other RPGs helped carry Japanese gaming through a difficult period.

Branching Narratives is Joined by Brenda Romero For Its Final Episode

We wrap our series of interviews with gaming's greatest with pioneering developer Brenda Romero.

FIFA 21's Battle With Lag, And What EA Has to Say About Other Longstanding Gameplay Problems

"FIFA 21 is the most responsive game we've ever made," EA says.

FIFA 21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X Will Continue Including Women's Teams

The defending world champion U.S. Women's National Team will be playable on next-gen consoles.

Axe of the Blood God: What Does the Future Hold for Next-Gen RPGs?

We talk about all the ways RPGs might change on Xbox Series X and PS5.

A New Beyond Good & Evil Netflix Movie is the Latest Bit of Cruel Hope for Long Suffering Fans

The prequel, meanwhile, is nowhere to be found.

Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost On Review: Just Communication

Bandai Namco's arcade port is an odd but wonderful anachronism.

StarCraft 2's Rollercoaster Decade, As Remembered By Its Developers

Reflections on StarCraft 2's early success, the impact of free-to-play, and what Blizzard might have done differently.

Branching Narratives: Jeff Green on '90s PC Gaming Magazines, Getting Older in the Games Industry, and GFW Radio Memories

This week's it the Black Dragon's turn to share his long journey through the games industry.

Othercide Review: My Immortal

A tactics game that taps into our inner goth rock fan.

Starting Screen | StarCraft Deserves Better

On its 10th anniversary, the future of Blizzard's flagship RTS is uncertain. It shouldn't be.

Ghost of Tsushima Pretty Much Sums Up This Generation

Sucker Punch's open-world samurai game exemplifies a generation that's more about "what works" than genuine ambition.

Xbox Rebounds With a Strong Next-Gen Exclusives Showcase

Halo Infinite, Everwild, and Fable star as Xbox Series X shows us what it's got.

Branching Narratives: Kelley Gilmore on Leading the Studio That's Reviving BioShock

Plus, the one thing you don't know about Sid Meier.

Star Wars: Squadrons Brings Some Classic X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter Ships Into Official Canon

Do you want the BFF-1 bulk freighter? You've got the BFF-1 bulk freighter.

After Four Hours, Star Wars: Squadrons is a Faster, Deeper X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter

We go hands-on with Star Wars: Squadrons and find a revival that's unpolished but promising.

Starting Screen | It's a Critical Week for the Future of Halo

Halo Infinite is finally being revealed this week. Will it be good enough to return to gaming's top echelons?

Axe of the Blood God: Our Verdict on Paper Mario: The Origami King

GameXplain's Andre Seger joins the show to help render judgment on the latest game in the Paper Mario series.

The Controversy is the Point

Ubisoft has made the politics of Far Cry 6 and Watch Dogs: Legion into a useful marketing tool, and little else.

Axe of the Blood God: A Closer Look at CrossCode Now That It's on Console

Kat, Nadia, and Hirun talk CrossCode, Paper Mario: The Origami King review impressions, and more.

The Madden 21 Beta's Most Controversial Changes Actually Give Me Hope

EA seems to be following a different path with Madden 21, and that's a good thing.

Axe of the Blood God: How the Original Xbox Helped Usher in Gaming's Modern Era

The Console RPG Quest looks back on the console that brought PC RPGs to the living room.

Madden 21's Devs Have Heard Fan Outcry and Are "Bolstering Plans to Support Franchise"

"We see your fix Madden Franchise tweets and we understand your frustration," executive producer Seann Graddy says.

Marvel's Iron Man VR Shows How Far VR Has Come… And How Far It Still Has to Go

An unexpectedly sophisticated VR game.

Axe of the Blood God: 5 Games Like Diablo 2 That You Should Play

Celebrating Diablo 2's 20th anniversary, why Pokemon Diamond and Pearl don't need a remake, and more.

The Last of Us Part 2's Ending Doesn't Ruin the Original. It Completes It

Analyzing The Last of Us Part 2's controversial ending, and how it brings the original game full circle.

Axe of the Blood God: Remembering the WonderSwan

The latest entry in the Console RPG Quest circles back to a cult handheld. Plus, recapping a busy week in RPG news.

Is The Last of Us Part 2 Too Violent for Its Own Good?

Naughty Dog's sequel has been called grim and gruesome by many. Is it all too much?

Branching Narratives: Samantha Kalman on the Influence of Rock Band, "Making It" as a Game Developer, and Her Next Game

The second episode of our new podcast chronicles indie developer Samantha Kalman's journey into the games industry.

Hardspace: Shipbreaker's Dark Satire About Labor Among the Stars Makes It Worth Playing

Hardspace: Shipbreaker combines social commentary with some deeply original gameplay.

Starting Screen | The Last of Us Part 2's Overly Limiting Embargo Only Hurts Critical Discourse

An argument on Twitter throws the difficulty of having a real conversation about The Last of Us Part 2 into sharp relief.

The Last of Us Part 2's Unlikely Connection to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Naughty Dog's blockbuster isn't the first game to use a snowball fight to great effect.

The Last of Us Part 2 Review: An Emotional Reckoning And a Worthy Sequel

Naughty Dog crafts an amazing sequel, but does it surpass the original?

The Demon's Souls PS5 Remake Looks Stunning in These First Screenshots

Here's another taste of what to expect from Bluepoint after today's reveal.

PS5 Reveal Recap: Horizon Forbidden West, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and the Rest of Today's Announcements

We saw the PlayStation 5 for the first time today, and it brought with it a ton of games.

Branching Narratives: Austin Walker's Journey From Academia to Games, Editorial Battles, and Being a Good GM

Waypoint Radio and Friends at the Table host Austin Walker shares his journey through the games industry.

Axe of the Blood God: How RPGs Have Handled Social Commentary Through the Years

From Shinra to "Augs Lives Matter," the highs and lows of social commentary in RPGs.

The Outer Worlds is a Pretty Bad Switch Port

A clever RPG with a lot of heart that is nevertheless difficult to recommend on Switch.

Axe of the Blood God: Our Final Verdict on Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

Senior Editor Caty McCarthy joins the show to discuss her review and deliver her final verdict on the big remaster.

The Last of Us Part 2 is the Dark Counterpart to Animal Crossing

Two very different games, both of which feel perfectly suited for 2020.

Why I'm Still Playing Gradius 35 Years After Its Original Release

On its 35th anniversary, the Vic Viper lives on.

Axe of the Blood God: The Rich RPG Legacy of the Game Boy Advance

From Golden Sun to Fire Emblem, the GBA was a brilliant handheld console for RPG fans.

Perfect Dark Turns 20 This Week. Now is the Time for a Revival

Rare's ambitious shooter was ahead of its time, and it's a perfect fit for 2020.

Starting Screen | Why Grand Theft Auto 5 is Still Capable of Crashing the Epic Games Store in 2020

Rockstar's return to Los Santos is one of the most popular games ever, and it's not going away anytime soon.

Axe of the Blood God: We Talk Paper Mario, Ghost of Tsushima, and Xenoblade Chronicles

Our RPG podcast recaps some of the big news events of the past week, and shares initial Xenoblade Chronicles impressions.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's Graphics Are Still Pretty Rough, But It Remains Strong in Other Ways

Our impressions of the review version of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.

Starting Screen | The PS5 Has Revealed Barely Anything Compared to Xbox Series X, And It Hardly Matters

Xbox is mostly making the right moves, but it's still playing from behind.

Axe of the Blood God: The Failed RPGs That Deserve Another Chance

From Alpha Protocol to Resonance of Fate, these were the RPGs that never got a proper opportunity to shine.

Inside Xbox Reaction: The Xbox Series X's First Big Games Showcase Held Few Surprises

The first Xbox Series X games showcase was a bit of a dud.

Does Anyone Actually Want to Play a Lord of the Rings Game About Gollum?

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is being billed as a next-gen showcase for PS5 and Xbox Series X, but there's just one problem.

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.

Axe of the Blood God: It's Time to Explore the GameCube's RPG Legacy

Nintendo's little purple cube had some pretty good RPGs.

The More I Think About Final Fantasy 7 Remake, The More I Like It

Reflections on why Final Fantasy 7 Remake is more than the sum of its parts.

Axe of the Blood God: Does the Mana Series Hold Up?

Kat and Nadia review Trials of Mana, which brings them to a much bigger question.

XCOM: Chimera Squad Review: Alien Nation

Firaxis shakes up the XCOM formula in a surprising new addition to the venerable tactics series.

Animal Crossing: Sweet Day Was the Greatest Nintendo Party Game You Never Played

Nintendo Land never reached the heights of Wii Sports, but it gave us one amazing party game.

Starting Screen | This Week We're Exploring All the Ways We Can Play Together

Join us for a week-long series in which we explore the magic of co-op, community, and more.

The Planet's Dyin': Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Politics Are More Relevant Than Ever

War, poverty, and climate change in the world of Midgar.

TurboGrafx-16 Mini Review: Not Just for Retro Nostalgia, But Retro Discovery

Maybe the only "essential" mini-console on the market today.

Yes, Resident Evil 4 is Pretty Dated These Days

A remake of Resident Evil 4 would definitely be welcome.

Axe of the Blood God: Should Xenogears Get a Remake?

Plus, Final Fantasy 7 Remake's wild ending.

What Final Fantasy 7 Remake Gains and Loses in Splitting Up Its Story

The consequences of turning Final Fantasy 7 Remake into a multi-part epic.

Axe of the Blood God: Our Non-Spoiler Final Fantasy 7 Remake Discussion

We talk about the review in the latest episode of the RPG podcast.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Review: A Classic's Long-Awaited Revival is Exhilarating, Tedious, and Shocking All at Once

Square Enix returns to an old favorite, but it's definitely not playing it safe.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Developers Tried to Avoid Playing Favorites With Tifa and Aerith

Co-Director Naoki Hamaguchi and Producer Yoshinori Kitase tell us about giving Tifa and Aerith equal time, how their vision for the remake evolved over time, and more.

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.

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