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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Starting Screen | The Emerging War Between the Epic Games Store and Steam is Just the Beginning

The digital ecosystem is undergoing its biggest shakeup since 2005.

We Revisit the Greatest Dragon Quest of Them All on This Week's RPG Podcast

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Dragon Quest 5, Destiny, and Tales of Vesperia headline this week's episode of Blood God.

What the Activision Split Could Mean for Bungie and Destiny

Will Destiny 2 stay on Battle.net? Will Destiny 3 be on next-gen consoles? And what's NetEase's role in all this?

Five Big Questions as We Preview the Year in RPGs for 2019

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | It's a brand new year, and we're here to preview Kingdom Hearts 3, Outer Worlds, and other big RPGs of 2019.

FIFA 19 Has a Bigger Problem Than Frostbite Woes and Bad Patches

EA's popular soccer sim wants to be more realistic and competitive, but it's losing something essential in the process.

USG Game of the Year 2018: Red Dead Redemption 2 Built a Family, Then Slowly Tore it Apart

Rockstar's sweeping epic is bound to be viewed through the lens of its other open-world games, but that's not its greatest strength.

Kat's Top 10 Games of 2018: Monster Hunting

It was another marvelous year for games, but USG's brave leader loved two in particular.

Happy Holidays from USG, and Thanks Again for Your Amazing Support in 2018

2018 was a great year for USG. Here are some of the highlights!

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