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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).@The_Katbot firstname.lastname@example.org
Naughty Dog crafts an amazing sequel, but does it surpass the original?
Firaxis shakes up the XCOM formula in a surprising new addition to the venerable tactics series.
Maybe the only "essential" mini-console on the market today.
Square Enix returns to an old favorite, but it's definitely not playing it safe.
Opening Day may have been delayed, but The Show must go on.
After all the hype and controversy, Sonic serves up a perfectly competent video game adaptation.
King of Cards is the most ambitious Shovel Knight game to date, but it's not quite the best.
An excellent arena battler that transcends Shovel Knight's boundaries in unexpected ways.
Respawn bursts on the scene with one of the best Star Wars games in ages, but there's a dark side.
Hideo Kojima’s first independent effort is an unexpected bridge to the PS2.
A brand new mode and some much-improved gameplay highlight an ambitious update for FIFA.
One of the generation's best action games gets a terrific expansion.
Intelligent Systems' venerable tactics series finally returns to console, but is it a success? Our full review.
Not just the best baseball sim of the generation, but one of the best sports sims period.
Chucklefish Games repurposes a classic tactics formula while throwing in a few tricks of its own. Our full review.
Nintendo returns with the most overwhelmingly epic Super Smash Bros. to date.
Battlefield's traditional strengths are prominent as ever in the franchise's return to World War II, but it's not without a few missteps.
Sega makes a proper return to the battlefield after more than a decade of waiting. Our full review of Valkyria Chronicles 4.
Microsoft's flagship racer adds seasons amid its shift to the UK, but does it match the high bar set by its predecessor? Our full Forza Horizon 4 review.
EA's hockey sim goes casual with World of Chel, but the gameplay is where it shines this year.
REVIEW | Baseball is back! But does MLB The Show 18 hold up? Our full review.
Is EA's new shooter more than the sum of its microtransactions?
Microsoft's newest Xbox is the most powerful console ever, but does it get our recommendation?
It's a polishing year for FIFA; but after a couple rough entries, that's a good thing.
Is NBA 2K18 worth getting on Switch? Depends on what you're willing to put up with this year.
At long last, Samus is truly back.
Our review of Captain Olimar's transition to the puzzle platforming genre.
The 2DS hardware refresh sacrifices 3D for a much more attractive design.
Time to give Final Fantasy XII some of the love it deserves.
And it fixes Final Fantasy XV's Scrappy in the process.
Town-building and dungeon crawling exist in harmony in this charming action RPG by the director of Secret of Mana.
A refreshingly inventive take on Fire Emblem is partly undone by poorly-balanced difficulty.
Now that all of the Fallout 4 add-ons are out, here are the essential purchases for the fans.
Lots of potential, flawed execution.
Dark Souls 3's first major DLC release is shorter than you might expect, but still a strong release.
Does a new setting elevate DICE's venerable shooter?
Fantastic gameplay helps PES overcome its numerous disadvantages.
EA Vancouver introduces some pretty significant new features in their flagship sports sim. Are they successful?
Visual Concepts' basketball sim remains the bar to which all other sports games aspire.
Halcyon 6 doesn't quite live up to its immense promise out of the gate, but it's on its way.
Smart but subtle additions rule the day in the latest edition of EA's football simulator.
EA's hockey sim finds itself in a bit of a creative rut with this year's entry.
Fallout 4's final piece of DLC reflects the game's broader weaknesses.
Kat shares her thoughts on the first several hours of No Man's Sky.
A clever and very attractive tactics RPG that is nevertheless missing that certain something.
Blizzard's first film is the fantasy equivalent of a superhero origin story, with all that entails.
We dig into Blizzard's first foray into the first-person shooter genre.
Kat explores the new Total War game launching on May 24 and likes what she finds.
Good DLC for an RPG is never easy, but Fallout 4's add-on content has been mostly on the mark. Plus: Extended thoughts on the first half of Far Harbor.
Galak-Z's free DLC is now available offering even more incentive to check out 17-Bit's unique shoot 'em up.
What happens when Battleborn tries to combine the FPS and MOBA genres? A mess.
The motion controls actually work pretty well, but Star Fox Zero still leaves something to be desired in other areas.
Sony's baseball sim has its share of improvements across the board, but the bulk of this year's attention is devoted to the card-collecting mode.
Does Bandai Namco's fighting game spinoff live up to its namesake?
Twilight Princess is back after a decade, but its motion controls aren't. Does it hold up?
Intelligent Systems ramps up the difficulty in the other half of Fire Emblem Fates.
Firaxis spreads their wings and takes some risks with their sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown.
Square Enix targets a more casual audience with their take on Monster Hunter.
Terror may indeed stalk these shadows, but yonder - a glint of gold.
Is Trails of Cold Steel worth checking out? Kat checks in after the first 10 hours of the latest Legend of Heroes game.
A late release for the Nintendo 3DS is quietly one of the year's best.
After five years, StarCraft II has finally reached its conclusion. Here's our final review.
Battlefront is a blast for as long as it lasts.
Yes, Fallout 4 is indeed a Bethesda RPG, with all that entails.
Omega Force once again takes the reins of a classic franchise.
M2 caps their latest run of Sega Genesis 3D Classics with the best of the Sonic games.
Ambition outstrips execution this year, but NBA 2K16 is still a top-tier sports sim.
A marginal update has the former champs in danger of being consigned to mid-table mediocrity in a packed year for sports games.
EA's hockey sim looks to rebound after a disappointing year. Is it successful?
Kojima's final turn with the series is also his most ambitious, but how well does it come together?
Another strong entry puts Madden closer than ever to being counted among the best sports sims available.
David Craddock's history of the rise of the roguelike genre shines a light on the earliest days of PC gaming... and its future.
17-Bit's smartly-designed shoot 'em up is a gem even for those who didn't grow up watching Robotech and Voltron.
Can Double-Fine's passion project stack up with the genre's best?
Jeremy and Kat set out on their respective journeys across Bionis in search of an answer: Does Xenoblade Chronicles hold up on the Nintendo 3DS?
With the new season finally upon us, we review Sony's latest baseball sim.
Pillars of Eternity evokes the halcyon days of isometric RPGs.
Visceral Studios wants to evoke Miami Vice, but their latest feels like... well... Battlefield.
Intelligent Systems' latest strategy game is deeply silly... and really hard.
Gearbox's update of Relic's outstanding strategy series isn't perfect, but it still has the benefit of being unique.
New players appear as Game of Thrones lays the groundwork for the rest of the series.
Frontier's massively multiplayer space combat sim is striking in its breadth and scope, but it's not an easy nut to crack. Our full review.
Telltale does an impressive job of capturing the flavor of the popular series.
Relic expands Company of Heroes' scope with their latest standalone expansion.
The Smash Bros. sequel we've been waiting for all along.
Pokemon takes a trip back to its awkward adolescence. Our full review.
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