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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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!

The USG End of the Year Podcast Special

PODCAST | The entire gang from USgamer get together to recount the best of 2018.

Ace Combat 7 Isn't Much of a PlayStation VR Game Anymore

And maybe that's for the best.

The Year in RPGs That Was 2018, Part 1

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia look back on Octopath Traveler, Pokemon Let's Go, Fallout 76, and more.

Ultimate Success: The Rise of Super Smash Bros.

Few games inspire as much passion as Super Smash Bros. But why?

Pokemon Go PvP Never Seemed Like It Would Work Until We Tried It for Ourselves

We go hands-on with Pokemon Go's Trainer Battles and find them a better fit than we expected.

Persona 4 vs Persona 5: Which One Should be on our Top 25 RPG List? We Want Your Thoughts!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Nadia and I discuss which Persona game deserves to be in the #9 slot in the Top 25 RPG list, and we want your thoughts, too!

Red Dead Online is Great, But Red Dead Redemption 2 Needs Its Own Ballad of Gay Tony, Too

Rockstar has been putting much more emphasis on modes like Red Dead Online. But it single-player fans deserve DLC, too.

Red Dead Online is Much More Chill Than GTA Online... Unless You're in Blackwater

We explore Red Dead Redemption 2's newly-released online sandbox.

Starting Screen | Fallout 76 Should be a Cautionary Tale for Publishers

STARTING SCREEN | Online service games can generous outrageous profits, but their potential for disaster is often high.

We're in the Final Stretch of the Top 25 RPG Countdown!

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | The Top 10 is here!

Where Madden 19 Went Wrong

Inside Madden 19's struggles amid a strange and tragic year.

Finishing God of War Has Left Me Trapped Between Admiration and Frustration

Kat has finally wrapped up God of War's latest chapter, and she has some thoughts.

There's No Such Thing as the Perfect Heist in Red Dead Redemption 2

Why robbing trains, coaches, and stores in the search for the perfect heist taught me a lot about the inner workings of RDR 2.

Starting Screen | Fallout 76's Reception Has Been Worse Than Anyone Could Have Imagined. Can Bethesda Right the Ship?

STARTING SCREEN | Opinion on Fallout 76 was mixed from the start, but no one could have predicted that it would stumble this badly out of the gate.

Pokemon Let's Go and Fallout 76: Breaking Down Two of 2018's Biggest RPGs

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat, Mike, and Nadia dig into two RPGs that break the norms for their respective franchises.

The Case for Fallout 4

We reexamine Fallout 4 in the wake of Fallout 76's release and find that it holds up better than you might think.

Starting Screen | The Detective Pikachu Trailer is a Work of Evil Genius

STARTING SCREEN | The Pokemon marketing machine takes a risk and scores another huge win.

Discussing Fire Emblem's Anniversary, Tabata's Surprise Resignation, Geno, and More

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia revisit the Fire Emblem that started it all in North America, plus talk Hajime Tabata, Geno, Diablo Immortal, and more.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #11: The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind

The best-loved Elder Scrolls game was a moment of transition for both Bethesda and RPGs in general.

Battlefield 5 Deserves Better Than to Be Dismissed as an Inevitable Flop

EA's problems have poisoned the well, but there's still plenty of reason to give Battlefield a chance.

Fire Emblem After 15 Years: Remembering the Beloved GBA Game That Brought Fire Emblem to America

We look back on Fire Emblem's first successful foray into North America, and why it remains a popular entry on both sides of the Pacific.

Why Diablo 3 Works So Well on Switch

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD | Kat and Nadia talk Diablo 3, Blizzcon announcements and Deltarune before adding another entry to the Top 25 RPG list.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Made Me an Accidental Horror Movie Villain

Transforming into the Old West's Michael Myers in RDR 2, and other tales from Rockstar's open-world western.

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