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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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Review

Intelligent Systems' venerable tactics series finally returns to console, but is it a success? Our full review.

Slay the Spire Review

One of the best indie games on PC makes its way to Switch. Our full review.

MLB The Show 19 Review

Not just the best baseball sim of the generation, but one of the best sports sims period.

Wargroove Review

Chucklefish Games repurposes a classic tactics formula while throwing in a few tricks of its own. Our full review.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review

Nintendo returns with the most overwhelmingly epic Super Smash Bros. to date.

Battlefield 5 Review

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.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Review

Sega makes a proper return to the battlefield after more than a decade of waiting. Our full review of Valkyria Chronicles 4.

Forza Horizon 4 Review

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.

NBA 2K19 Review

Is NBA 2K19 more than the sum of its microtransactions? Our full review.

NHL 19 Review

EA's hockey sim goes casual with World of Chel, but the gameplay is where it shines this year.

PES 2019 Review

Remarkable on the field, but remarkably dated off it.

The Messenger Review

The best retro tribute since Shovel Knight.

Madden 19 Review

A brand new season is upon us. Our full review.

MLB The Show 18 Review

REVIEW | Baseball is back! But does MLB The Show 18 hold up? Our full review.

Ni No Kuni 2 Review

Ni No Kuni returns with a new storybook RPG. Our full review.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Review: EA Goes to the Dark Side

Is EA's new shooter more than the sum of its microtransactions?

Xbox One X Review: Our Verdict on Microsoft's Premium Console

Microsoft's newest Xbox is the most powerful console ever, but does it get our recommendation?

FIFA 18 Review: The More Things Change...

It's a polishing year for FIFA; but after a couple rough entries, that's a good thing.

NBA 2K18 Nintendo Switch Review: The Price of Ambition

Is NBA 2K18 worth getting on Switch? Depends on what you're willing to put up with this year.

Metroid: Samus Returns Review: A Near Perfect Remake of an Underappreciated Gem

At long last, Samus is truly back.

Hey! Pikmin Review: A Classic Strategy Game Becomes an Adequate Puzzle Platformer

Our review of Captain Olimar's transition to the puzzle platforming genre.

Nintendo New 2DS XL Review: The 3DS Model You Should Own

The 2DS hardware refresh sacrifices 3D for a much more attractive design.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Review: A Near Perfect Remaster of an Underappreciated Gem

Time to give Final Fantasy XII some of the love it deserves.

Episode Prompto Neatly Encapsulates Everything That Works and Doesn't Work in Final Fantasy XV

And it fixes Final Fantasy XV's Scrappy in the process.

Valkyria Revolution Review: War Crimes

Sega's Valkyria Chronicles revival is a disappointment.

Ever Oasis Review: A Sweetly Satisfying Little RPG

Town-building and dungeon crawling exist in harmony in this charming action RPG by the director of Secret of Mana.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Review: Faithful to a Fault

A refreshingly inventive take on Fire Emblem is partly undone by poorly-balanced difficulty.

MLB The Show 17 Review

Some things never change.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Review

When strange new worlds aren't strange enough.

What is the Best Fallout 4 DLC? Rating Far Harbor, Nuka-World, and the Rest

Now that all of the Fallout 4 add-ons are out, here are the essential purchases for the fans.

Steep PlayStation 4 Review: Not the SSX Successor You're Looking For

Lots of potential, flawed execution.

Final Fantasy XV PlayStation 4 Review: End of the Road

It's finally here, but is it good?

Dark Souls 3: Ashes of Ariandel DLC Review: Frozen Beauty

Dark Souls 3's first major DLC release is shorter than you might expect, but still a strong release.

Battlefield 1 Xbox One Review: The Cavalry's Here

Does a new setting elevate DICE's venerable shooter?

Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 PS4 Review: The Best Soccer Game... With Caveats

Fantastic gameplay helps PES overcome its numerous disadvantages.

FIFA 17 PlayStation 4 Review: The Journey Begins

EA Vancouver introduces some pretty significant new features in their flagship sports sim. Are they successful?

NBA 2K17 PlayStation 4 Review: Practice Makes Perfect

Visual Concepts' basketball sim remains the bar to which all other sports games aspire.

Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander PC Review: A Flawed But Promising Space Sim

Halcyon 6 doesn't quite live up to its immense promise out of the gate, but it's on its way.

Madden NFL 17 Review: Another First Down

Smart but subtle additions rule the day in the latest edition of EA's football simulator.

NHL 17 Xbox One Review: Neutral Zone Trap

EA's hockey sim finds itself in a bit of a creative rut with this year's entry.

Fallout 4: Nuka-World DLC Review: Empty Calories

Fallout 4's final piece of DLC reflects the game's broader weaknesses.

No Man's Sky PlayStation 4 Review: Over the Rainbow [Update: Final Thoughts and Score]

Kat shares her thoughts on the first several hours of No Man's Sky.

Grand Kingdom PlayStation Vita Review: Just Short of Greatness

A clever and very attractive tactics RPG that is nevertheless missing that certain something.

WarCraft Movie Review: Fantasy Origin Story

Blizzard's first film is the fantasy equivalent of a superhero origin story, with all that entails.

Overwatch PC Review: Cheers, Love. The Cavalry's Here

We dig into Blizzard's first foray into the first-person shooter genre.

Total War Warhammer is the Creative Refresh the Series Needs

Kat explores the new Total War game launching on May 24 and likes what she finds.

Far Harbor Caps a Solid Initial Run of DLC for Fallout 4

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.

In Case You Missed It: Galak-Z's The Void Makes a Great Shooter Even Better

Galak-Z's free DLC is now available offering even more incentive to check out 17-Bit's unique shoot 'em up.

Battleborn PC Review: Melting Pot

What happens when Battleborn tries to combine the FPS and MOBA genres? A mess.

Star Fox Zero Wii U Review: Open the Wings

The motion controls actually work pretty well, but Star Fox Zero still leaves something to be desired in other areas.

MLB 16 The Show PlayStation 4 Review: Building a Diamond Dynasty

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.

Pokkén Tournament Wii U Review: A New Arena

Does Bandai Namco's fighting game spinoff live up to its namesake?

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Wii U Review: The Long, Twilight Struggle

Twilight Princess is back after a decade, but its motion controls aren't. Does it hold up?

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest Nintendo 3DS Review: The Family You Choose

Intelligent Systems ramps up the difficulty in the other half of Fire Emblem Fates.

XCOM 2 PC Review: Liberty or Death

Firaxis spreads their wings and takes some risks with their sequel to XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Initial Thoughts: Square Enix Goes Full Blizzard With Final Fantasy Explorers

Square Enix targets a more casual audience with their take on Monster Hunter.

Darkest Dungeon PC Review: Circle in the Dark

Terror may indeed stalk these shadows, but yonder - a glint of gold.

Even for an RPG, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is the Slowest of Burns

Is Trails of Cold Steel worth checking out? Kat checks in after the first 10 hours of the latest Legend of Heroes game.

SteamWorld Heist 3DS Review: A Gem of a Tactics Game

A late release for the Nintendo 3DS is quietly one of the year's best.

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void PC Review: Once More Unto the Void

After five years, StarCraft II has finally reached its conclusion. Here's our final review.

Star Wars: Battlefront Xbox One Review: Aren't You a Little Short for a Multiplayer Shooter?

Battlefront is a blast for as long as it lasts.

Fallout 4 PlayStation 4 Review: Brilliant, Maddening, and Wholly Memorable

Yes, Fallout 4 is indeed a Bethesda RPG, with all that entails.

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below PlayStation 4 Review: Passion Project

Omega Force once again takes the reins of a classic franchise.

Virtual Spotlight: 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is Still Peak Sega

M2 caps their latest run of Sega Genesis 3D Classics with the best of the Sonic games.

NBA 2K16 PlayStation 4 Review: The Art of the Possible

Ambition outstrips execution this year, but NBA 2K16 is still a top-tier sports sim.

FIFA 16 PlayStation 4 Review: Dropping Down the Table

A marginal update has the former champs in danger of being consigned to mid-table mediocrity in a packed year for sports games.

NHL 16 PlayStation 4 Review: Back from the Brink

EA's hockey sim looks to rebound after a disappointing year. Is it successful?

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain PlayStation 4 Review: All Good Things [Update: Now With a Score]

Kojima's final turn with the series is also his most ambitious, but how well does it come together?

Madden NFL 16 PlayStation 4 Review: First and Goal

Another strong entry puts Madden closer than ever to being counted among the best sports sims available.

Review: Dungeon H@cks Offers Insight Into the Future of Gaming by Returning to the Beginning

David Craddock's history of the rise of the roguelike genre shines a light on the earliest days of PC gaming... and its future.

Galak-Z PlayStation 4 Review: Super Dimensional Shoot 'Em Up

17-Bit's smartly-designed shoot 'em up is a gem even for those who didn't grow up watching Robotech and Voltron.

Massive Chalice PC Review: A Chalice Half Full

Can Double-Fine's passion project stack up with the genre's best?

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D Nintendo 3DS Review: Big Adventure, Tiny Screen

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?

MLB 15: The Show PlayStation 4 Review: On the Road Again

With the new season finally upon us, we review Sony's latest baseball sim.

Pillars of Eternity Review: Obsidian's Best RPG to Date

Pillars of Eternity evokes the halcyon days of isometric RPGs.

Battlefield Hardline PS4/Xbox One Single-player Review: A Familiar Beat

Visceral Studios wants to evoke Miami Vice, but their latest feels like... well... Battlefield.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M Nintendo 3DS Review: Mecha Lincoln, Activate

Intelligent Systems' latest strategy game is deeply silly... and really hard.

Homeworld Remastered Collection Review: The Return of an Underrated Classic

Gearbox's update of Relic's outstanding strategy series isn't perfect, but it still has the benefit of being unique.

Game of Thrones: Episode 2 Xbox One Review — Resetting the Board

New players appear as Game of Thrones lays the groundwork for the rest of the series.

Elite: Dangerous PC Review: Let's Get Dangerous

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.

Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice Xbox One Review: Opening Moves

Telltale does an impressive job of capturing the flavor of the popular series.

Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault PC Review: Total War

Relic expands Company of Heroes' scope with their latest standalone expansion.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U Review: Now Witness Its True Form

The Smash Bros. sequel we've been waiting for all along.

Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Versions 3DS Review: All Grown Up

Pokemon takes a trip back to its awkward adolescence. Our full review.

Dragon Age: Inquisition PS4 Review: Sealing the Rift

BioWare's best RPG in years.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PS4 Review: Future Imperfect

Advanced Warfare's efforts to capture the essence of the series are a little too successful for its own good. Our full review.

Civilization: Beyond Earth PC Review: Strange New Worlds

Can Firaxis successfully make the stars their destination once again? Our full review.

Costume Quest 2 PC Review: The Halloween Time Machine

Like its predecessor, Costume Quest 2 is a simple but delightful treat.

NBA 2K15 PlayStation 4 Review: The Ballad of Andre Drummond

Visual Concepts' celebrated basketball sim is still one of the best sports games around, but not without a few caveats.

FIFA 15 PS4 Review: The Return of the King

EA's soccer sim shows once again why it's one of the most popular sports games around. Our full review.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS Review: A Smashing Port

Despite our initial skepticism, Super Smash Bros. is as enjoyable as ever on the Nintendo 3DS. Our full review.

Murasaki Baby PlayStation Vita Review: Baby's Day Out

This odd puzzle platformer is as endearing as it is strange, but perhaps not as fleshed out as it could be.

NHL 15 PS4 Review: Rebuilding Year

What was originally supposed to be NHL's triumphant debut on the PlayStation 4 has turned out to be a disappointment.

Madden NFL 15 PS4 Review: Madden-ing

The latest entry in the football sims takes a few steps forward, but it's ultimately held back by legacy issues.

Wii Sports Club Wii U Review: Party Like it's 2006

This HD remaster holds up better than you might think, but there's no hiding the fact that it's basically an eight-year-old tech demo.

Civilization: Revolution 2 iOS Review: Back to the Stone Age

In attempting to start fresh with this sequel Civilization: Revolution, the series has taken an inadvertent step back.

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn PS3 Review: Comfort Food

The latest (and possibly last) entry in the Dynasty Warriors Gundam series isn't particularly nutritious, but there's a lot of it.

Dragon Quest VIII iOS Review: Itty-bitty Living Space

An expensive, choppy, claustrophobic, and ultimately disappointing port.

Drakengard 3 PS3 Review: The Gods Must Be Crazy

A magical girl suffers a psychotic break and goes on a roaring rampage of revenge in this subpar action RPG from the developers of Nier.

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