Caty McCarthy

Features Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

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Latest Articles

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's Campaign Ending Has Major Implications For What's Next

The future of Destiny 2 sounds very, very interesting.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Review: Moon's Haunted and So Is My Playtime

The lack of new loot and a so-so campaign weighs down an otherwise solid expansion for Destiny 2.

Apex Legends' New Map Is Beautiful, But It Has a Big Pacing Problem

Apex Legends has scrapped Kings Canyon for new horizons, with mixed results.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's Campaign Ending Has Major Implications For What's Next

The future of Destiny 2 sounds very, very interesting.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Review: Moon's Haunted and So Is My Playtime

The lack of new loot and a so-so campaign weighs down an otherwise solid expansion for Destiny 2.

Apex Legends' New Map Is Beautiful, But It Has a Big Pacing Problem

Apex Legends has scrapped Kings Canyon for new horizons, with mixed results.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Can be an Obtuse Experience for Players Just Now Returning

For players who haven't played Destiny 2 for a while, there's a lot that goes unexplained.

Naughty Dog Wants The Last of Us Part 2's Combat To Make You "Vulnerable"

The Last of Us Part 2's lead game designer tells us about how AI has been overhauled for both enemies and companions, and more.

The Last of Us Part 2 Won't Have Multiplayer After All [Update]

Sorry Factions fans: The Last of Us Part 2 will not have a multiplayer mode.

Naughty Dog Wants to Ensure The Last of Us Part 2 Runs Well on Vanilla PS4

Naughty Dog tells us how it's trying to avoid the performance disparity plaguing some triple-A games on vanilla PS4s.

Overland Review: Where Not Even Knife-Wielding Dogs Can Save You

Overland is finally out, and it's more brutal than we imagined.

Untitled Goose Game Review

What if Agent 47 was a rude goose who was down to clown?

Apple Arcade is Way Cooler Than You Think. Here are 10 Games to Check Out

Apple Arcade has dozens of neat games, so we highlighted 10 from its launch lineup that are a bit under the radar.

Session is the Skate 4 Fans Have Been Pining For... Almost

Session tries to capture the trial and error of skateboarding, but right now it feels like a lot of the latter.

Sly 2: Band of Thieves' Stellar Heists Still Can't Be Topped, 15 Years Later

Sly 2 turns 15, making us all feel very, very old.

After Playing the Beta, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is Better Off Without the Minimap

Some are upset about Modern Warfare's lack of a minimap, but we've barely mourned its absence

Celeste's Final Free Chapter Is A Brutal, But Fond Farewell

Celeste gets a beefy new chapter for its last update that's just as intense in difficulty as The Core.

River City Girls Review

There's substance in this stylish new game in the River City Ransom universe.

Deadly Premonition 2 Announced, First Game Coming to Switch Today [Update: Swery Confirmed as Director]

Update: Swery confirms he is coming back to direct and write the sequel.

The Original Xenoblade Chronicles is Finally Coming to Nintendo Switch

Now Xenoblade Chronicles will look the best it ever has.

Return of the Obra Dinn Is Coming to Switch This Fall [Update]

Return of the Obra Dinn is coming to Switch, Xbox One, and PS4, finally.

Wilmot's Warehouse Is the Chill Organization Game That Shouldn't Slip You By This Busy Season

Wilmot's Warehouse is the medicine you need right now.

Starting Screen | Control's Creepy Memos and Unsettling Book Clubs Make Its Collectibles Actually Worth Collecting

The information buried in the collectibles is far more sinister than it lets on.

Watch Cyberpunk 2077's New 14 Minute Gameplay Deep Dive Here

The demo we saw behind closed doors back at E3 2019 has now been partially released to the public, with commentary.

Catherine: Full Body Review

The Persona team's puzzle-romance horror returns for a PlayStation 4 makeover.

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Review

Ancestors has flashes of brilliance amidst lots and lots of tedium.

Life Is Strange 2, Episode 4 Review

Life Is Strange 2's penultimate episode is an emotional one.

Telling Lies Review

The spiritual successor to Her Story is a shady investigation into the lives of four liars.

What To Read, Play, and Watch Before Playing Telling Lies

Back at GDC 2019, Sam Barlow filled us in on the syllabus for Telling Lies.

In Death Stranding, You Can Pee and Meet Holographic Geoff Keighley. Not Necessarily at the Same Time

We got a big stream of new Death Stranding footage today.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's 2v2 Gunfight Mode Getting Open Alpha This Weekend

You don't even need PlayStation Plus to get into this open alpha.

How Chanbanhi is Turning Video Game Memes Into an Artform

We catch up the editor behind those viral Animal Crossing edits you've probably been seeing around lately.

Apex Legends' Solo Mode Encourages a Very Different Style of Play

If you ping in Apex Legends' new Solo mode, does it make a sound?

Eliza Review

Zachtronics, the developers of puzzle games such as Opus Magnum and Infinifactory, have a new... visual novel?

Zachtronics' New Visual Novel Eliza Reckons With an Industry and Generation in Burnout Crisis

We talk to developer Matthew Seiji Burns about his prescient upcoming visual novel, a surprising departure for a studio known for puzzle games.

Apex Legends Is Getting a Solos Mode, But Only For A Limited Time

Next week, you won't have a Lifeline to have your back.

The Pros and Cons of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Battlefield-Style Maps and Player Counts

From 10v10 to more than 100, Modern Warfare is pushing its player count to the limit, and not necessarily for a battle royale either.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Won't Be Going Too Crazy With Colorful Cosmetics, Say Devs

Don't expect neon colored gun skins in this Call of Duty.

Inside Modern Warfare's Push to Rebuild Call of Duty's Multiplayer From the Ground Up

Animation director Mark Grigsby and multiplayer design director Geoffrey Smith break down the huge overhauls in Modern Warfare.

Starting Screen | Wolfenstein: Youngblood's Frustrating Finale Begs the Question: What Makes a Good Final Boss Fight?

Let's talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly of final bosses in games.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Review

First we lay waste to Nazis with our A.I. sister, but now we've done so with actual other players too. Thus we've updated our review with a score!

Big Boy Mancubus And Four Other Nasty Demons Are Playable in Doom Eternal's New Multiplayer Battlemode

At QuakeCon 2019, we get our first substantial details about Doom Eternal's Battlemode.

Pokemon Masters Won't Include Sword and Shield Trainers, At Least At Launch

Sorry y'all, we won't get to hang out with Sonia or Oleana pre-launch.

7 Classic Trainers We Spotted in Our Pokemon Masters Hands-On That Fans Will Remember Fondly

We got extensive hands-on time with Pokemon Masters. Here are some of the cool trainers from deep in Pokemon history that we spotted.

Why Pokemon Masters Won't Have PvP

Pokemon Masters will have co-op, but you won't be able to take the fight to your friends at all.

Blacksad: Under the Skin Stars a Feline as a Detective, But It's No Kid-Friendly Zootopia

Blacksad: Under the Skin is like volume 2.5 in terms of when it takes place in the comic book series.

Splatoon 2 Players Are Dressing Up For The End Of The World

We're near the end of Splatoon 2's updates and events, but it's going out in style.

Sky: Children of the Light Might Be the Best Looking Mobile Game Ever

Thatgamecompany's long-awaited follow-up to Journey has some beautiful clouds, and it looks surprisingly great on mobile too.

Nihon Falcom's President on Why It's Not Supporting Switch More, Lessons Learned From Ys 8, and Hopes for the Next 5 Years

The state of Nihon Falcom, one of the oldest RPG studios in existence, in 2019.

Dr. Mario World is Breaking My Brain, But in a Good Way

Dr. Mario and the whole Mushroom Kingdom reunite to cure more diseases. Maybe they can destroy cancer this time.

Starting Screen | It's Becoming Impossible To Keep Up With More Than A Couple "Forever" Games

Apex Legends, Final Fantasy 14, World of Warcraft, and more are seeing huge updates. Will we ever rest?

What Game Are You Playing Over 4th of July Weekend?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | It's a long weekend for some folks, or a fractured week for others. Anyway, what are you playing?

Apex Legends Fixes Its Battle Pass Problem With Season Two

New challenges and better rewards help season two feel actually satisfying.

Sea of Solitude Review

I'll send an SOS to the world.

You Might Actually Want to Grab A Mozambique In Apex Legends Now

In Apex Legends: Season 2, a joke of a weapon just got viable.

Starting Screen | Super Mario Maker 2 Wants To Make You A Better Level Designer

Super Mario Maker 2 teaches you to respect your players, not frustrate them.

No Straight Roads is a Musical Action-Adventure Where You Don't Necessarily Need Good Rhythm

Directed by the lead game designer of Final Fantasy 15, No Straight Roads is a music-driven action-adventure game inspired by all genres.

Tokyo RPG Factory on How the Studio's Classic RPG Inspiration Fuels the Action-RPG Oninaki

Don't worry, Oninaki is still going for that classic JRPG feeling. Just in a less obvious way.

Call of Duty: Mobile Should Really be Called "Call of Duty: Everything"

At E3 2019, we went hands-on with Call of Duty's next frontier: phones.

Judgment Review

Tangle with the Tojo Clan again, but this time as a detective.

Sky: Children of the Light is a New Game From the Creators of Journey Where Everyone Wants to Give You a Hug

At E3 2019, we got some hands-on time with the next social adventure from thatgamecompany, which launches next month.

"We're Never Gonna Make an Apex 2:" Apex Legends Devs Look Ahead to Season 2, and Way Beyond

At EA Play last week, we interviewed Apex Legends' executive producer and lead product manager about all the changes coming this summer.

Cyberpunk 2077 Quest Director on The Witcher 3 Comparisons, Life Paths, and Keanu

At E3 2019, we sit down with the director of Cyberpunk 2077's quests to learn about how Night City, life paths, and more will affect how the story unfolds.

How John Wick Hex's Action is Designed With the Help of the Film's Fight Choreographers

We check out the unique strategy game being developed with consultation from the film series' creators.

CD Projekt Red on Cyberpunk 2077 Controversies: "There are a Lot of People [...] That Really Care About These Subjects and We Want to Do it Right"

CD Projekt Red is determined to regain fan trust after a slew of controversies dating back to last year.

Sadly, You Probably Can't Hook Up With Keanu Reeves in Cyberpunk 2077

Sleeping with NPCs does not seem to extend to digital ghost Keanu Reeves, unfortunately.

After Six Years In Development, The Indie Timeloop Thriller 12 Minutes Is Finally Nearing Completion

A long time ago, I played a demo of 12 Minutes. At E3 2019, it surprisingly reemerged with a new publisher, Annapurna, backing it.

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Soundtrack Sounds Different So Far, But in A Good Way

The new orchestral compositions of familiar tunes sound great so far.

We Went Hands-On With Ni No Kuni Remastered, And It's Beautiful

Ni No Kuni is being remastered for PS4 and PC.

One Exchange in Final Fantasy 7 Remake That Shows Just How Bad the Dialogue Can Get

They really need to tone down the swearing in Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

Dying Light 2's Player Choices Mean Your First Playthrough Will Reveal Maybe Less Than Half of the Game's Content

We saw a hands-off demo of how Dying Light 2's choices impact its open-world, mechanics, and more.

Cadence of Hyrule is a Musical Adventure That Doubles as a Tribute to Zelda's Greatest Hits

Another unexpected Nintendo crossover seems to be a winner.

There's One Really Good Music Cue in a Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

Taking on Raditz signals a very familiar, and unexpected, Dragon Ball Z tune.

Trials of Mana, A Remake of Seiken Densetsu 3, Is Coming to Switch, PS4, and PC

We get TWO versions of Seiken Densetsu 3 now!

Collection of Mana Brings Seiken Densetsu 3 to the West for the First Time Ever

Square Enix is bringing the whole Secret of Mana collection to the west.

Darksiders: Genesis' Creative Director on Returning to the Series He Helped Create, Bringing Back War, and More

The creative director behind Darksiders: Genesis tells us about co-op, bringing back War, and reinventing the action of the series.

Will Wolfenstein Work As Co-Op? After Hands-On With Wolfenstein: Youngblood, We're Still Unsure

Our first hands-on with Wolfenstein's co-op debut leaves us with a lot of questions.

Romancing Saga 3, Saga: Scarlet Grace Are Coming to Lots of Platforms

Two remasters of Saga games are journeying westward.

Minecraft Dungeons is Diablo for People Who Are Intimidated by Diablo

We got a chance to see Mojang's first standalone game in a long while in action.

Ubisoft Announces Uplay+, Its Own Subscription Service Like Xbox Game Pass

Uplay+ will have over 100 games on launch in September.

For All You Loners Out There, Ghost Recon Breakpoint Will Let You Have A.I. Companions

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is light on new details, but shows off a lot of fresh footage.

Doom Eternal Hands-On: How Some New Tricks Impact Doom's Famous Glory Kill Loop

There's more to Doom Eternal than Glory Kills now.

Deathloop Is The Next Game From the Developers of Dishonored

Arkane Lyon has a new action game on the way.

Bethesda to Make Fallout 76 Into a Fallout Game This Fall

Fallout 76 is finally getting NPCs.

Psychonauts 2 Reminds Us Why Double Fine is the Boss of Comedy Games

The Xbox and PS2 cult classic's spirit is alive and well in the modern generation.

Tales of Arise Gets First Gameplay Footage in Stunning New Trailer

Tales of Arise, after leaking earlier, gets its first trailer.

Ninja Theory's Next Game, Bleeding Edge, Hitting Technical Alpha Later This Month

Bleeding Edge was officially revealed at the Xbox E3 press conference.

Hands-On With Apex Legend's New Character: How Wattson Will Shake Up Your Team Dynamic

Apex Legends has a new character coming next month, and she brings a nice spark to the defense lineup.

Frostpunk and Moonlighter Are Coming to EA Origin Access

11 Bit Studios is bringing more of its games to EA's subscription service.

"Crunch Cannot Be an Option:" Playground Games Talks About How It Manages With Its Live-Service Forza

Forza Horizon 4 changes seasons every four weeks, but its developers luckily don't crunch to meet that.

Playing The Strange Destroy All Humans Remake Left Us With One Question: Why?

A Destroy All Humans remake is en route, but rather than refresh the PS2 and Xbox classic for a new generation, it's just... the same game again.

Journey to the Savage Planet Feels Like A Game I've Played Many Times Before

Despite how colorful it is, planet exploration is a little drab in Journey to the Savage Planet.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Will Have Cross-Play Across All Platforms and No Season Pass

You can save your money and play with even more friends in this year's Call of Duty.

2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Runs on a New Engine and Includes Raytracing

Here's some tech jargon on what new to expect from Call of Duty's latest for your Modern Warfare-stuffed morning.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare First Look: The Moments That Show That The Single-Player Campaign is Back to its Old Provocative Self

It may not be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4, but it sure is quadrupling down on heavy topics.

The Next Call of Duty is Indeed a "Reimagining" of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Our first look at this year's Call of Duty, which is aiming for a more mature audience.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Interview: How the New Single-Player Campaign Will Handle Player Choice and Civilian Casualties

Studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki tells us about how and why Infinity Ward is reinventing a fan revered subseries.

Another Overcooked Disciple Emerges: Supermarket Shriek's Couch Co-Op Glee

We went hands-on with what is sure to be another couch co-op hit.

Who Needs a New Splinter Cell When You Have This VR Stealth-Action Kayak Game

Phantom: Covert Ops, a new Oculus Quest and Rift S game, elevates a baffling premise to silly fun.

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