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

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?

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.

Lone Echo 2 Continues Its Android-Human Companionship VR Adventure in Early 2020

Announced last year for 2019, Lone Echo 2 now has a new release window, and new details too.

Life Is Strange 2, Episode 3 Review

This campfire needs more kindling.

PlatinumGames Studio Head Thinks Battle Royale Genre "Would Be Interesting" to Explore

"We wouldn't want to make something that was just shooting."

Shakedown: Hawaii Developer Brian Provinciano Still Loves Making Oddball Ports, Even If It Makes His Life More Complicated

From MS-DOS to PSP, we look back on Retro City Rampage and Shakedown: Hawaii's peculiar port history with developer Brian Provinciano.

Dig Dog Is A Cute Roguelike About Digging For Bones. It Was Also Developed Without Hands

How Rusty Moyher developed an entire game without using his hands.

Pokemon Go Gets Its First Wild Legendary Pokemon Drop

You can try and catch at least one of the three legendary Lake Trio Pokemon, provided you're on certain continents.

Starting Screen | How Resident Evil 2's Second Playthrough Manages to Still Be Surprising

How one of the year's best games makes its corridors worth revisiting immediately.

Why There Are No More Marvel Cinematic Universe Games

Once upon a time, there were MCU games. (They weren't good.)

BoxBoy + BoxGirl Review

The BoxBoy trilogy pulls an Uncharted 4 with yet another sequel.

The Sonic Game Fans Love to Hate is Being Remade in Unity, and You Can Play the Demo Now

One of the most hated (or loved) Sonic games ever is getting a new lease on life.

The Friends of Ringo Ishikawa Is a Coming of Age Beat 'Em Up With A Lot On Its Mind

Part-River City Ransom, part-Persona, part-Yasujirō Ozu: can there ever be a better mix?

Days Gone Gets a Fashion Collaboration With Diesel, Complete With Expensive Denim Jackets

To dress like you're ready for a zombie apocalypse will apparently cost you.

Apex Legends Almost Feels New Again After Its Latest Patch

I can engage in long-range combat now? What?

Dreams Wants to Make Game Developers of Us All, And I'm Convinced It's Working

Dreams has scope unlike any other creation-focused game before it.

Joker From Persona 5 Steals Hearts in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tomorrow Along With a Big 3.0 Update

Persona 5 isn't the only Persona getting some love in Smash either.

Apex Legends Kicking Off Bonus XP Limited Time Event for Battle Pass Owners

Plus, Patch 1.1.1 brings welcome changes to our favorite big boys.

Heaven's Vault Review

Digging up a long lost history.

How Sokpop Collective Found a Way to Make Small Games for a Living With Patreon

Meeting the "Game Dev Boy Band" who have rewritten the rules of sustainable indie game development.

We Predict Game of Thrones' Final Season Using Reigns: Game of Thrones

A song of ice, fire, and a strategy game's consequences.

The Devs Heard You: You Can Now Pet the Dog In Enter the Gungeon

Enter the Gungeon is finally feature complete with its final update.

Snapchat Bets Big On Games With New In-App Multiplayer Games

Snapchat announces its new games initiative, Snap Games.

"Everyone Was Complaining I Should Cut More:" Co-Director Tai Yasue on the Making of Kingdom Hearts 3

At GDC 2019, co-director Tai Yasue breaks down the most challenging and rewarding parts of making the long-awaited finale of the Xehanort saga.

Dragon Quest: Your Story, The CG Movie Based on Dragon Quest 5, Gets Its First Trailer

It looks considerably less Toriyama-esque, sadly.

Why Concrete Genie Is Getting Two VR Modes Instead of Just One

We got hands-on time with one of Concrete Genie's newly announced VR modes.

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