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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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'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.

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

We count down the final weeks to Final Fantasy 7 Remake's release with a 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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