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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A look back on what we tried to accomplish at USgamer, and the work still to be done.

Axe of the Blood God: One Quest Ends, Another Begins

Happy adventuring.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | I Hope Video Games Can Be Part of the Healing

An earnest wish after a difficult year.

Axe of the Blood God: The RPG Year in Review 2020

We look back on the RPGs that defined the turbulent year that was 2020.

Axe of the Blood God: The Cyberpunk 2077 Review Roundtable

We dig deep into Cyberpunk 2077, the Mass Effect reveal, and more.

CD Projekt Could Wind Up Following BioWare in More Ways Than One If It's Not Careful

The Cyberpunk 2077 developer is still doing well, but there are ominous signs.

Axe of the Blood God: The CD Projekt Retrospective

We delve deep into the history of the studio behind Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.

I Thought Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light Would be Too Archaic. I Was Wrong

A new translation and some key quality-of-life additions make this genre pioneer worth playing.

USG Game of the Month: Yakuza: Like a Dragon Shows Us Why Broken Gangsters Make Great RPG Characters

Never has the title "Homeless Guy" been so compelling.

Axe of the Blood God: It's Time For Trivia of the Blood God

An RPG quiz show draws near! Command?

The Next-Gen Version of FIFA 21 Is EA's Idea of a "Strand Game"

A look at all the enhancements being made to FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X and PS5.

Axe of the Blood God: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is This Fall's Sneaky Great RPG Sim

Checking in on Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, WoW: Shadowlands, and even more Fall 2020 releases.

A Quick and Dirty Ranking of The Game Awards GOTY Nominees for 2020

Hades is a great choice, Doom Eternal... less so.

EA Has Some Fascinating Ideas for Madden 21 on Next-Gen Consoles

The Microsoft Flight Simulator of sports games? How Madden 21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X uses Next Gen Stats to power its gameplay.

Axe of the Blood God: Final Fantasy 14, Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, and a Farewell

This week's episode is all about Square Enix.

The Xbox Series X vs. PlayStation 5: Our Complete Breakdown and Final Verdict

Two consoles, two visions for the future. We compare their specs, games, and prospects for the future.

Pokemon Go is Now Compatible With Pokemon Home, But the Restrictions Are Kind of Ridiculous

Pump the brakes on transferring that Shiny Groudon to Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Axe of the Blood God: The Next-Gen Console Launch Extravaganza!

Our complete breakdown of this week's PS5 and Xbox Series X launch.

Axe of the Blood God: How the PlayStation 4 Changed Gaming

From the "mainstreaming" of RPGs to Japan's revival, here all the ways that the PS4 helped change gaming.

USG Game of the Month: Amnesia: Rebirth

Frictional Games's deeply unsettling horror game stands out in an otherwise underwhelming month.

Xbox Series X Initial Impressions: A Dramatic Entrance for an Understated Console

Here's everything you'll find in the box when the Xbox Series X arrives in a couple weeks.

The Top 25 PlayStation 2 Games of All Time

Celebrating 20 years with 25 of the PS2's best games.

Axe of the Blood God: The Xbox One's Difficult Generation

Kat and Nadia assess the Xbox One's RPG legacy while sharing their thoughts on Pokemon's Crown Tundra DLC.

Axe of the Blood God: A Closer Look at Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Plus, we let our imaginations run wild in this week's episode of the RPG podcast.

Axe of the Blood God: Larian's Swen Vincke on Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access Release

Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke is here to answer all of our questions about this long-awaited sequel.

Star Wars: Squadrons's Best Mode Badly Needs Ranked Play

Dogfight is a blast, but it also needs a lot of work.

Axe of the Blood God: The Xbox 360 Had a Bigger Impact on RPGs Than You Think

Exploring the rich RPG legacy of Microsoft's most successful console.

USG Game of the Month: Hades is Supergiant's Secret Blizzard Game

September's best game was a roguelite, but not the one we expected.

Starting Screen | Xbox Series X's Seamless Transition Shows Why Backward Compatibility Matters

Console owners will soon get a taste of what PC owners have enjoyed for a very long time now.

Axe of the Blood God: Why RPG Fans Should Check Out Hades

Analyzing Supergiant's excellent roguelite from a role-playing perspective.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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