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

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.

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.

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.

Axe of the Blood God Previews the RPGs of E3 2019

From Final Fantasy 7 Remake to Cyberpunk 2077, RPG fans have a lot to look forward to at this years show.

Starting Screen | Want Your Multiplayer Game to Succeed? Summer Could be the Key

Fortnite, Rocket League, and Overwatch have all found success by owning the summer. Is Dauntless next? Or will Apex Legends make a comeback?

The RPG Legacy of the Sega Master System and Game Gear

Axe of the Blood God examines Sega's 8-bit history while also discussing Final Fantasy 7 and Trails of Cold Steel.

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Has Thus Far Been an Underwhelming Year for Games

After being spoiled for two solid years, we've hit a major lull. Will it get better in the second half?

How the NES Changed RPGs Forever

Axe of the Blood God's Console RPG Quest continues!

Madden 20 Franchise Mode is Finally Getting Something It's Needed for Ages: Narrative

A closer look at the Scenario Engine, which could make Madden's franchise mode feel more alive than it has in years.

Starting Screen | Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Decision to Drop Its Turn-Based RPG Combat is Sadly Ironic

The much-anticipated remake sacrifices a part of its history.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Detective Pikachu and Reacts of Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Return

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Our valiant podcast crew reviews the new movie and reacts to the surprise trailer.

Tetris 99 Big Block DLC Will Feature New Offline Modes for $9.99

Former Nintendo Switch Online exclusive available to play offline starting today.

Detective Pikachu Roundtable: What We Think After Seeing the New Live-Action Pokemon Movie

Which Pokemon won Detective Pikachu? Is it the best video game movie ever? And who is the best human character outside of Bill Nighy?

Console RPG Quest: Axe of the Blood God Begins a New Series

Join Kat and Nadia for a new multi-part series in which they explore the RPG legacy of every major console to date.

Borderlands 3 Borrows a Surprising Amount From Mass Effect, And It Works

The familiar elements of Borderlands return intact, but the canvas is much bigger now.

Axe of the Blood God Presents: The 25 Best RPGs of All Time

From NetHack to The Witcher 3, we celebrate the greatest RPGs throughout gaming history.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews SteamWorld Quest and Picks the Best RPG Animal Buddies

Our RPG podcast reviews SteamWorld Quest and looks back on the long history of animal companions in RPGs.

"Shovel Knight is Not Done:" Yacht Club Games on the Road to King of Cards and Beyond

Five years after its original release, we catch up with Yacht Club's Sean Velasco to talk about delays, lessons learned, and the future of Shovel Knight.

Starting Screen | The Game Boy Was the Only Console I Needed Growing Up

On the Game Boy's 30th anniversary, how Nintendo's first true portable console defined a generation of gamers.

Mailbag of the Blood God! Joker in Smash, BioWare's Next-Gen Plans, Final Fantasy X on Switch, and More

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We hit a whole bunch of RPG topics in our mailbag episode!

Switch Owners Getting Server Errors as Smash Bros. Fans Rush to Download Joker Update

Nintendo says it is aware of server problems and working to address them.

Starting Screen | Why I'm Increasingly Drawn to Single-Player Games After a Lifetime of Competitive Gaming

Kat may not have time for competitive games anymore, but her tastes haven't changed as much as you might think.

Axe of the Blood God: Top 25 RPG Honorable Mentions, The Outer Worlds, and More

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Our RPG podcast dives into the excellent RPGs that didn't quite make the cut.

MLB The Show 19 Review

Not just the best baseball sim of the generation, but one of the best sports sims period.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Devs "Super Happy" With Sales and Reviews as DLC Wraps Up

"I'd be extremely surprised if we didn't see more [Tomb Raider]."

The Outer Worlds Interview: Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky are Dreaming Big on a Budget

We talk to the team behind Obsidian's upcoming RPG about player choice, the challenges of making RPGs in the Ultra HD era, and more.

Axe of the Blood God 200: RPG Bests

We pick the best RPG story, soundtrack, developer and more in the 200th episode of our RPG podcast!

How Cyber Shadow is Benefiting From the Expertise of Shovel Knight's Developers

We check out Yacht Club's first publishing venture, and talk to its developer, Aarne "Mekaskull" Hunziker.

The Newest Outer Worlds Weapon Started as a Bug, and Other Notes From Today's Panel

Meet the Mandibular Rearranger, a weapon that functions as a facial slider gone mad.

Don't Let the Cute Art Fool You: SteamWorld Quest is Hard (And Really Good)

Image & Form returns with an extremely interesting RPG for Nintendo Switch.

USG is at PAX East 2019! Panel Times, Coverage, and Where to Find Us!

Watch Kat, Nadia, and Mike live at PAX East! And read all of our articles too.

Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition and 4K Update to Handsome Collection Coming Soon

Gearbox goes Borderlands crazy in April, with a new release and a neat free update to an existing one.

Castle Crashers on Switch Feels Like a Different Kind of Retro

Kat tries the Castle Crashers Switch port, which feels like an artifact of gaming's increasingly distant past.

Bulletstorm: Duke of Switch Brings Crazy Shooter to Switch With All of Its DLC, Including Duke Nukem

Bulletstorm is the latest last-gen game to make its way to Switch.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #3: The Witcher 3

The game of the generation is defined not by its hero, but by women like Triss and Ciri.

"I Thought V Would Be Much More Divisive:" Hideaki Itsuno on the Making of Devil May Cry 5 and Its Success

We catch up with the director of Devil May Cry 5 to talk about its sales success, the positive reception afforded V, and more.

Axe of the Blood God Talks Bloodlines 2, Final Fantasy 6 vs. Final Fantasy 7, and Planescape: Torment

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Our Top 25 RPG Countdown reaches the penultimate entry, and we recap the RPG news from GDC 2019.

First Details on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, a Faithful Looking Update to the Cult Classic RPG

The cult favorite RPG returns with better graphics and a new setting to PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Stories From Making Command and Conquer: Blues Brothers Impersonators, Hilariously Low-Tech Sets, and More

Command and Conquer's cinema scenes were never destined to be Oscar material, but putting them together was a ton of fun.

Sean Murray Talks About "Drinking From the Firehose" of Criticism During No Man's Sky Launch

"For the majority of developers, release is a real low point."

"There Was a Bit of Stress:" Swen Vincke Recounts Divinity: Original Sin 2's Painful Development

From testing problems to a constantly expanding word count, Divinity: Original Sin 2's development was anything but smooth sailing.

Starting Screen | What the Google GDC Keynote Could Mean for the Next Generation of Games

Speculating on the potential ramifications of tomorrow's Google GDC announcement.

The Witcher 3: Axe of the Blood God Revisits a New Classic

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We add Witcher 3 to our Top 25 RPG countdown!

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #4: Final Fantasy 6

Square struggled to transcend the boundaries of the SNES even as it benefited from them.

Talking About the Future of Fire Emblem Heroes With Intelligent Systems

We talk co-op, power creep, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses connectivity with Intelligent Systems.

Dragon's Dogma Anime Announced for Netflix

Dragon's Dogma 2 is still nowhere to be found, but the series is finding other ways to grow.

Starting Screen | Devil May Cry 5 is Proof That We're in an Action Game Renaissance

From Bloodborne to God of War, it truly is a great time to be an action game fan.

The Biggest RPG Plot Twists

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | What are the best RPG plot twists? And the worst? Kat and Nadia explore both sides of a time-honored RPG trope.

Talking Darkest Dungeon and Darkest Dungeon 2 With Red Hook Studios

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | A special midweek interview with the creators of one of our favorite RPGs!

FEMA, Militias and Motorcycle Gangs: Days Gone's Apocalyptic Politics

We talk to Days Gone's creative director about the politics of Sony's new zombie survival sim.

The MLB The Show 19 Interview: Fixing Hitting, the March to October, and the Realities of Sports Game Development

We talk to Sony San Diego designer and community manager Ramone Russell about this year's baseball sim.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #6: Ultima 7

The lost classic that laid the groundwork for Fallout, Skyrim, and every other modern RPG.

Suikoden 2 is the Best PlayStation 1 RPG Ever

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | We add Suikoden 2 to the Top 25 RPG countdown with the help of guest Jason Schreier.

X-Wing Alliance Came Out 20 Years Ago Today, And We've Seen Little Like It Since

Let's pour one out for the end of an era.

Yoshi's Crafted World and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn Will be Nintendo's Reliable Bench Players for 2019

Kirby and Yoshi might not be enough to carry a schedule on their own, but they still have plenty to recommend in them.

Stardew Valley Celebrates Anniversary With Release Date on Android

All that's missing at this point is a version for your microwave.

Axe of the Blood God Reviews Anthem, Wonders About BioWare's Future, and Says Farewell to Reggie

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | BioWare's latest is finally here, and there's a lot to discuss.

Starting Screen | The Steady Decline of BioWare

Charting BioWare's decline from hits like Knights of the Old Republic to disappointments like Anthem.

Halo Infinite Might Have RPG Elements, According to New Report

Every game is an RPG now, maybe even Halo.

Kicking Ass and Taking Names: Reggie Fils-Aime's Legacy at Nintendo

Reggie both embraced and transcended his role as Nintendo's chief cheerleader.

Tetris 99 is the Crucible That Will Make You a Better Tetris Player

Tetris' semi-dormant competitive side emerges again.

Final Fantasy 8, Layoffs, a Big Nintendo Direct, and Ultima 7: Examining a Crazy Week for RPGs

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The Top 25 RPG Countdown continues, but we've got a lot of news to cover first.

Call of Duty Single-Player Returning for Next Game as "Entirely New Campaign" Confirmed

Single-player appears to be returning to Call of Duty after a year off.

Final Fantasy 8 Was Always Good

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

For All Its Success, the Fallout Series Still Hasn't Topped the Original

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The Top 25 RPG countdown resumes, we talk about Anthem vs. The Old Republic, and more.

New World is Amazon's Latest Attempt to Break Into Online Gaming. What the Developers Have to Say About Solo Play, Twitch, and More

Amazon Game Studios offers an extended peek at its latest attempt to break into the online gaming market.

Devil May Cry 5's Riskiest Gameplay Decisions are Embodied in Its Newest Character

We try out V in a new Devil May Cry 5 demo and find that Capcom isn't afraid to play with their well-established formula.

Apex Legends Isn't Afraid to Borrow Like Crazy From Overwatch

Apex Legends is technically in the Titanfall universe, but its gameplay borrows much more from Blizzard.

The RPGs We Lost When the Wii Shop Closed

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Examining the RPGs we lost with the Wii Shop closure, and where to find alternate versions.

In-Depth With Anthem's Endgame, Which EA Promises is Really Good

EA showed us what awaits at the end of Anthem. Here's what we thought.

Rage 2's Vehicle Combat Needs Some Tuning, but is Already Producing Wild Gameplay Sequences

We talk to the game's developers about what largely feels like a secondary concern at the moment.

Wargroove Review

Chucklefish Games repurposes a classic tactics formula while throwing in a few tricks of its own. Our full review.

Starting Screen | Resident Evil 2 is Another Win for a Resurgent Capcom

Capcom is rebounding after a tough generation, Kingdom Hearts 3 is almost here, and more on this week's Starting Screen.

Discussing the Kingdom Hearts 3 Review and Anthem's Potentially Fatal Flaw

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Will we get another Kingdom Hearts? Does Anthem have a potentially fatal flaw? We ponder these questions and more in the latest episode of the RPG podcast.

Anthem is the Stompy Robot Equivalent of Dynasty Warriors

Anthem passes at least one major test. But is it enough?

Far Cry New Dawn Devs Reveal What Happened to Joseph Seed After the Apocalypse

We get our first real glimpse of The Father in the sequel to Far Cry 5, and a very trippy vision quest.

Trials Rising Demands Mastery, And That Makes it a Tricky Fit for the Switch

Why Trials Rising is better enjoyed on PS4 and Xbox One.

Why Kingdom Hearts Marked a Clear Turning Point for Both Disney and Square Enix

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat, Nadia, and Caty examine the legacy of Kingdom Hearts and how it marks a turning point for both Square Enix and Disney.

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