Caty McCarthy

Senior 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 Senior Editor.

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Latest Articles

Ubisoft Forward 2020 Recap: Far Cry 6 Announced Alongside a Host of New Trailers

Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion get release dates, and more from today's Ubisoft Forward.

Twin Mirror, Dontnod's New Thriller, Gets Off to a Slow Start

Dontnod ditches the episodic structure and heads in a new genre direction with Twin Mirror.

Bird Alone Is Trying to Help Us Feel A Little Less Alone In Quarantine

The latest game from George Batchelor offers a warm, daily mental health check-up.

Ubisoft Forward 2020 Recap: Far Cry 6 Announced Alongside a Host of New Trailers

Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion get release dates, and more from today's Ubisoft Forward.

Twin Mirror, Dontnod's New Thriller, Gets Off to a Slow Start

Dontnod ditches the episodic structure and heads in a new genre direction with Twin Mirror.

Bird Alone Is Trying to Help Us Feel A Little Less Alone In Quarantine

The latest game from George Batchelor offers a warm, daily mental health check-up.

Starting Screen | A Tribute to Final Fantasy 9 on Its 20th Anniversary

Final Fantasy 9 once relied on nostalgia, and now we're all nostalgic for it itself.

Call of Duty: Warzone's Map Will Reportedly Undergo Substantial Changes in Season 5

A new report from Video Games Chronicle details how Verdansk is changing in the next season of Call of Duty: Warzone.

Sony's PlayStation Indies Initiative is Great. Now It Needs to Follow Through

It feels like Sony abandoned indies this generation, so hopefully this is a course correction for PS5.

Yoko Taro Doesn't Care If You Skip Over the Story in SinoAlice

We talk with the creative leads behind the new mobile RPG SinoAlice, which makes its North American debut today.

Ninjala Review: Chewing Bubblegum and Kicking Butt, for a Price

Ninjala may be thin on content, but it finds a strong foundation in its unique melee battling.

The Last of Us Part 2's Photo Mode Is Too Restrictive

The Last of Us Part 2's stubborn photo mode limits its potential, and ours.

How Call of the Sea Is Taking Advantage of Its Home on Next-Gen

When one thinks "next-gen," they may not think of an adventure game first.

Starting Screen | The Sloppy Stealth of The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us Part 2's stealth is better than before, but at what cost?

Crash Bandicoot 4's Developers On Why This Sequel Has a Number, Its New Modern and Retro Modes, and More

Toys For Bob chats with us about the lessons learned from the remakes that it's bringing to Crash's brand-new adventure.

It's About Time for Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

The orange bandicoot is getting a whole new adventure this October.

EA Play Live 2020 Recap: New Skate, Star Wars: Squadrons Gameplay, and the Rest of Today's Announcements

We got a glimpse of EA's future today, from EA Originals to next-gen.

Does It Hold Up? Revisiting The Last of Us on the Eve of Its Sequel

Ahead of The Last of Us Part 2, let's explore how the action-adventure genre has evolved since the first game.

You Should Play Persona 4 Golden on PC if Only for the Japanese VO

Persona 4 Golden's PC port has one special new feature.

Every Day's Great With Persona 4 Golden Out Now on PC

Persona 4 Golden has exited Vita exclusivity for an HD home on Steam.

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Finally Comes to North America This September

Vanillaware's latest game is hopping in a mech and stomping to North America.

Let's Talk About the PS5's Bizarre Design

The PS5 is quite different than past Sony consoles. But does that make it bad?

20 Video Game Starting Screens That Left A Fantastic First Impression

From The Last of Us to Mega Man 2, these are our favorite title screens in video games.

Monolith Soft and Nintendo on Why Xenoblade Chronicles Was a "Turning Point" For the Studio, and for JRPGs

Monolith Soft and Nintendo reflect on bringing the first Xenoblade Chronicles to the Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Wedding Season Event is a Wonderful Pastel Toybox

The latest event has shades of Happy Home Designer.

20 Amazing In-Game Maps That Did More Than Show the Way Forward

From A Link to the Past to Planescape: Torment, these are our favorite maps in video games.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Review: It's Finally Reyn Time on Switch

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition sands off its rougher edges for a more streamlined experience for the JRPG classic.

Call of Duty: Warzone Directors On Its Runaway Success, And What's Next: "I Won't Pretend It's Easy"

The directors of Call of Duty: Warzone on the arguments over the Gulag, dealing with cheaters, and what comes next.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Mega Mix Review: Sadistic Music Factory

Project Diva returns to a portable platform, but how does it stack up to the rest of the series?

Remembering Skate 3 on Its 10th Anniversary: Why the Time is Now for a Revival

Remembering EA's seminal and defunct Skate series as its last entry turns 10.

How We're Feeling About Animal Crossing: New Horizons After Its First Full Month

We're over 30 days from the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. How have its inaugural days been?

USG Game of the Month: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Fixes One of the Franchise's Biggest Problems

GAME OF THE MONTH | The Final Fantasy series has always struggled with real-time combat, but in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, nails it.

Predator: Hunting Grounds Review: It's Okay to Miss This Chopper

Predator's latest video game outing is rough around the edges.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Nature Day Has Made us All Weed Dealers

Leif has returned to Animal Crossing, and he wants to buy our weed.

It's Time to Rank Every Single Jackbox Party Pack Game

There have been six Jackbox Party Packs, so we ranked them in order from worst to best.

What Was the First Co-Op Game? Depends on How You Define It

Atari's Fire Truck is one of the first co-op games in arcades, but that's only one dimension.

What The DualSense Controller Teaches Us About PS5

We got our first glimpse at the DualShock 4's successor today. Here's what we can infer about the PS5 based on this new info.

Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories Review: A Disaster of Its Own Making

Disaster Report returns to the West, only now it's without what made the oddball series special in the first place.

Tarantula Island is Dead. Long Live Tarantula Island

A PSA for Animal Crossing: New Horizons players: A new bug has crushed our self-made tarantula island dreams.

Resident Evil 3 Review: Earning the Big "3"

Nemesis is back and gnarlier than ever. And now, he's easier to deal with.

Doom Eternal Roundtable: Did Doom Really Need This Much Story?

Caty, Joel, and Mike gather round to discuss the most hellish new game on the market.

Stop Cheating in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, You Ghouls

Animal Crossing has shown the true side of my friends.

PlayStation 5 Confirmed To Be Backward Compatible With PlayStation 4 Games [Update]

The PS5 will have at least some backward compatibility.

All the Ways You Can Prepare for Animal Crossing: New Horizons Before Launch

Thanks to fan tools and the archives of Animal Crossing: New Leaf-era QR code sharing, there's a lot of ways to prepare for New Horizons' launch later this week.

Remember When… A Final Fantasy 7 Tech Demo First Baited Fans Into Wanting a Remake

With Final Fantasy 7 Remake's new delay, let's look back on the first glimpse we got of a better-looking Cloud.

The Last Campfire, A Small Scale Adventure by Hello Games, Is Out This Summer

The studio behind No Man's Sky has a new game, and it's coming to most platforms.

Starting Screen | It's a Relief to Have Video Games Right now

With human-to-human contact discouraged, luckily online games give us the hangout spaces we need.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review: The Only Debt You'll Want to Stay In

In times of crisis, at least we'll have Animal Crossing.

Fast & Furious Game's Release Date "Uncertain" In Wake of Fast 9's Delay

Following the upcoming film's not-so-fast delay, Fast & Furious Crossroads' release date is now a little nebulous.

Call of Duty: Warzone's Secret Weapon Isn't Battle Royale, It's The New Plunder Mode

Call of Duty: Warzone's standout mode has nothing to do with battle royale.

Call of Duty: Warzone, Modern Warfare's New Free-To-Play, Standalone Battle Royale, Is Out Tomorrow

Warzone will be free for everyone, and it has a bonus mode in addition to battle royale as well.

Adam Boyes Doesn't Miss the Console Wars

At DICE 2020, Adam Boyes tells us about maintaining Iron Galaxy without crunch, developing ports, and more.

Troy Baker's Been Gaming's Leading Man For a Decade, And He Has Some Stories

We talk to the prolific blockbuster video game actor about working on The Last of Us, that one scene with Norman Reedus, and more.

GDC 2020 Has Been Postponed

This year's Game Developers Conference will no longer be held in March due to novel coronavirus concerns.

USG Game of the Month for February 2020: Nothing

GAME OF THE MONTH | It was a bit of a dry month in terms of standouts.

Afterparty's Hellbound Bar Crawl Hits Nintendo Switch Next Week

Night School Studio's Oxenfree follow-up has a release date for Switch, and it's very soon.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Might Have Genders After All Among Other New Details From PAX East

With a new demo at PAX East, fans are finally getting their hands on the latest Animal Crossing.

How Sony and Kojima Productions Played Telephone Across the Globe to Create Death Stranding's Soundscape

Backstage at DICE 2020, the audio team at Sony tell us about working across time zones with Kojima Productions.

6 Resident Evil 3 Remake Details We Spotted That Fans Will Appreciate

From an easier-to-balance inventory to a familiar perk of fighting back against Nemesis, here's everything we noticed in our demo.

Resident Evil 3's Original Devs Are Using the Remake to "Really Build Out Raccoon City"

Producer Peter Fabiano tells us about working with a mixture of new and original developers on the remake, Resistance, and more.

I'm Gonna Make Hella Slopes With Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Terraforming

We can finally customize our towns however we want.

Vince Zampella is Tired of Respawn Being "Pigeonholed" as a Multiplayer Shooter Studio

Backstage at the 2020 DICE Awards, Respawn studio head Vince Zampella reflects on Respawn's year of breaking out of its comfort zone.

"Nintendo Nate" On Luigi Stepping Out of Mario's Shadow and the Secrecy of Nintendo Directs

Backstage at the DICE Awards 2020, we catch up with Nintendo VP of Product Development Design Nate Bihldorff.

Respawn Considered Delaying Jedi: Fallen Order to Smooth out Its Rampant Bugs

"It was a conversation that we had and we decided that we wanted the game out there, we wanted to get it, you know, being out for the holiday," says CEO Vince Zampella.

All the Sega References and Easter Eggs We Spotted in the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Here's everything we noticed in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

The President of The ESA On The Waning of Big Names at E3, Winning Back Media's Trust, and More

Is E3 getting obsolete? The ESA still doesn't think so.

Insomniac, Respawn, Stadia Games, and More Talk Frankly About The Reality of Crunch at DICE 2020

During the first ever DICE 2020 Town Hall, industry leaders talk about their own experiences with crunch, and if it can be done away with.

Epic's Tim Sweeney Wants Gaming To Move Away From Loot Boxes: "The Customer Has a Right to Know What They're Buying"

For his opening DICE Summit 2020 keynote, Sweeney asked whether games want to be Las Vegas, or a brand people can trust.

Yakuza 5 Remastered Is out on PS4 Today, and You Should Play It Just for the Haruka Arc

Yakuza 5 may have the most chaotic story in the series, but the bond between Haruka and Kiryu is at its best.

It's Time the Games Industry Did Away With Plastic Cases

Last week Sega EU announced it was using recycled cardboard for physical PC games going forward.

Rod Fergusson Leaves The Coalition To Helm Diablo at Blizzard

The Gears of War developer turns his sights to hell.

USG Game of the Month for January 2020: Kentucky Route Zero Gave Us a Brilliant Final Act

GAME OF THE MONTH | Kentucky Route Zero hits the end of the road.

"It Feels Like We Made 10 Games:" Kentucky Route Zero at the End of the Road

We talk with Cardboard Computer about the episodic structure of Kentucky Route Zero, Act 5's finale, and more.

Kentucky Route Zero Review: Hard Times Served

Delivering a new kind of American Dream.

Help I Can't Stop Making Xehanort Look Cute in Kingdom Hearts 3's Re Mind DLC Data Greeting Mode

Kingdom Hearts 3's big DLC is a little underwhelming, save for one new feature.

"We Played It Very Safe Last Time:" Doom Eternal Co-Director Reflects on Doom (2016)'s Multiplayer Mistakes

On why Doom Eternal is putting an emphasis on single-player, not multiplayer, this time around.

Doom Eternal Hands-on: Ripping, Tearing, and Reminding Us Of Akira

We played the first three hours of Doom Eternal, here's what we thought.

How Doom Eternal Looked to Mario Kart in Balancing Its Difficulty

Co-Director Hugo Martin tells USgamer about how id Software's rethinking difficulty for Doom Eternal.

Kentucky Route Zero Primer: What You Should Know Ahead of the Acclaimed Indie's Final Act

There's a lot of buzz about the finale of Kentucky Route Zero. Here's why you should be paying attention.

After a Nine Year Wait, Kentucky Route Zero Finally Comes to a Conclusion This Month

Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition will also release in its entirety across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

Caty McCarthy's Top 10 Games of 2019: Beyond the Pale

It's me, the Art Cop.

USG Game of The Year 2019: Disco Elysium Let Us Be Human, No Matter the Cost

USG's Game of the Year is an RPG that's stuck in our collective Thought Cabinet.

Starting Screen | Xbox Series X Has PC Vibes, And That Might Be the Key to Its Success

Project Scarlett has not just a name now, but a shape too.

Wattam Review: Cool Hat Trick

Wattam is a delightful game about friendship, the world, and poop, from the mind behind Katamari.

The 15 Best Games You Probably Missed in 2019

From flight sim to train sim, these are the best games that probably slipped past your radar this year.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Gets Delayed by One Month

You'll have to wait a teensy bit longer this spring to play the new Ori.

Bravely Default Is Getting Another Sequel, But This Time For Switch

A new world and new characters will star in Bravely Default 2.

Watch the New Final Fantasy 7 Remake Trailer From The Game Awards Right Here

Cloud may be grumpy, but he still manages to style his hair every morning.

The Life Is Strange 2 Postmortem: "[W]e Knew That It Wouldn't Have the Same Huge Success Right From the Beginning"

Life Is Strange 2's three creative leads tell us about the season's muted reception, intensive development, and more.

Starting Screen | Tyrants, Dollhouses, and Rude Geese: Looking Back on 2019's Great Gaming Moments

There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.

Kairi Joins the Battle in Kingdom Hearts 3's Re Mind DLC, Out Next Month

A leaked trailer shows off new playable characters, additional exploration of Scala ad Caelum, and more.

Life Is Strange 2 Series Review: Brothers, A Tale of Two Wolves

Life Is Strange's sequel has wrapped up, so our journey with Sean and Daniel has come to an end.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Microtransactions Are Here. Are They Less Predatory Than Before?

Season One for Modern Warfare has kicked off, with a new online store in tow.

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