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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Are Caustic and Mirage Worth Unlocking? Our Verdict on Apex Legends' Two Bonus Characters

We bought Apex Legends' two premium characters and tried them out. Here's what we think about them.

Apex Legends Is Here to Stay

This is a battle royale game with something new to offer.

Analyzing Kingdom Hearts 3's Wild Secret Ending and What it Could Mean for a Sequel

Late last week, the secret ending was patched into Kingdom Hearts 3, complicating the series' future. Here's what it could mean.

A Day With The Division 2's PvE: The Brutal New Endgame Faction and What's Next After Launch

With nearly six hours of demo time, we explore The Division 2's PvE approach with insight from its creative director and lead designer.

Kingdom Hearts 3's Selfie Camera Encourages Sora to Embrace His Disney Tourism

Our favorite Disney tourist finally gets the tool he so desperately needed: a camera with a selfie option.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Spoilers FAQ: All Your Questions Answered

Everything you want to know about Kingdom Hearts 3, including the ending and epilogue, character deaths, how to unlock the secret movie, and more.

The Best Disney World in Kingdom Hearts 3 Probably Isn't the One You Expected

What's the best Disney vacation in Kingdom Hearts 3? It may surprise you.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Primer: Making Sense of Kingdom Hearts' Notoriously Complex Story

We try to condense everything you need to know about Kingdom Hearts, so you don't have to read five million Wikis.

Haley Joel Osment on Growing up in Kingdom Hearts

From age 12 to 30, actor Haley Joel Osment reflects on a life spent with Sora.

Battle Royale at an Itty Bitty Scale: Why Recent Efforts Like Red Dead Online's Fall Short

Games are starting to implement their own battle royale modes, at all sorts of scales.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Best Plays Keep Focusing on Mundane Kills While Missing Amazing Highlights

Like Overwatch's Play of the Games, Black Ops 4's Best Plays don't always reward the actual best.

With Catherine Releasing on PC, We Look Back on One of the First Major Games to Take Adulthood Seriously

Fidelity, fulfillment, and friendships were all at the forefront of Atlus' risque puzzle-adventure.

The Eternal Castle is a Game That Plays With Nostalgia for a Fake 1987 DOS Game

What if a game played how you actually remembered it, minus all the technological setbacks?

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Will Be a Quieter Year for Games Compared to 2017 and 2018

As developers gear up for the next generation, 2019 looks slimmer than recent years.

The Games That Are Probably Not Coming Out in 2019

Sorry to be an agent of reality checks.

Red Dead Fashion is Red Dead Online's Only Saving Grace

When cosmetics in an online game give way to role-playing in Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode.

Caty's Top 10 Games of 2018: Be the Cowboy

Just me, my horse, my morbid magic pocket watch, and my exploding rubber duck.

From Axe Throwing to Swinging, Celebrating The Best Game Mechanics of the Year

Sometimes all a game needs is one perfect interaction to stick out in your mind.

Starting Screen | 2018 in Video Games: Less Innovation, More Iteration

STARTING SCREEN | 2018 was a year of big games with a lot of caveats, making this year's end of the year deliberations more varied than ever.

Not Much Treasure Awaits in Forza Horizon 4's Fortune Island Expansion

See that mountain? You can drive (on) it.

The 20 Best Games You Probably Missed in 2018

Spotlighting the unsung heroes of the year, from a parenting sim to card adventure games, and beyond.

PUBG Can Still Teach its Biggest Competitors Something

With Vikendi and a PS4 port, PUBG's bustling with life again.

Fortnite Skins Ranked - The 30 Best Fortnite Skins

If you want to know what the best Fortnite skins are, we've got them. Now with Season 7 skins!

Starting Screen | 2018's Impossible Task: Living Up to the Standard Set by 2017

STARTING SCREEN | How does 2018 measure up among the best years of this console generation?

Red Dead Redemption 2's Climactic Choice Makes No Dang Sense

Not everything should be left to player choice when it flies in the face of the narrative you've already crafted.

The State of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Nearly Two Months Later

From late-implemented microtransactions to the roaring success of Blackout, we look back on how Black Ops 4 has developed.

The Beautiful Highs and Occasional Lows of Spider-Man on PS4

A belated look back on one of September's biggest games.

The 10 Best Games to Get on Black Friday Along With Their Best Deals

God of War for $17, Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $20, and more!

My Deadly Date With Sean Bean in Hitman 2

The ever-killable man gets killed again.

Fallout 76's Biggest Problem: It's Boring

What if there was a Fallout game without any of the Fallout stuff you like? Boy, do I have a game for you!

The E3 Press Conference That Won PS4 the Generation

The PlayStation 4 has hit its 5th anniversary, so we're looking back on how it started with a bang.

Our Nine Favorite Kills in Hitman 2

From a tattoo gone wrong to a fling with real estate, these are the best kills in Hitman 2.

Five Hitman 2 Disguises That Shouldn't Work, But Somehow Do

Agent 47 is a master of disguises, no matter how wrong a fit he is for them.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Breaking Down the Many Differences Between the PS4 and Switch Versions

Taiko Drum Master is back, but which one is worth directing your attention to?

Red Dead Redemption 2 Has a Very Different Take on GTA 5's Famous Little Character Vignettes

Red Dead Redemption 2 continues a tradition set in GTA 5, only much differently.

Gal Metal Feels Like a Spiritual Successor to Wii Music, Only It's Better

Gal Metal on Nintendo Switch is more drum simulator than another light rhythm game.

Save Me Mr Tako Draws on an Oft-Forgotten Nintendo Platforming Legend for Inspiration

This charming platformer on Nintendo Switch and PC may star a pacifist octopus, but it'll remind you of Kirby.

Return of the Obra Dinn's Mysteries Are So Deep That You Need an Actual Pen and Paper to Solve Them

In the follow-up to Papers, Please, a mystery on a ghost ship has turned me into a paranoid truth hunter.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Will Probably Never Have Its Own Undead Nightmare, And That's Too Bad

If anything, Red Dead Online will likely be bursting with expansions and events.

How GIFs Have Changed Gaming

We chat with the developers behind Rain World, What the Golf?, Consume Me, and more about the prominence of GIFs in the video game world.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Makes Gwent a Far Richer Single-Player Experience

Gwent's spin-off RPG adventure rises to the Witcher name.

CoD: Black Ops 4's Blackout Reflects All the Ways the Battle Royale Genre Has Evolved Past PUBG in the Past Year

Thanks to Easter eggs and a lively map, there's more going on in Blackout than initially meets the eye.

7 Horror Games from 2018 That Will Scare You Straight Into 2019

From found footage horror to P.T.-inspired glee, we rounded up some of this year's creepiest games to put you in the Halloween spirit.

How a Somber Music Cue Defines the Beginning of Red Dead Redemption's Iconic Final Act

A lot of games have great soundtracks, but so few have excellent musical moments.

The World Ends With You Is as Slick as Ever on Switch, but It Has Some Issues

The World Ends With Annoying Control Schemes.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Story is Surprisingly Underwhelming Over the First 20 Hours

So far, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is missing a key factor that made Origins great.

A Love Letter to Forza Horizon 4's Worst Cars and The Silly Designs I Slap on Them

Who cares about racing? Customizing Forza Horizon 4's worst cars is its own perverse pleasure.

Honey I Shrunk Civilization 6 to iPhone

Refined UI, smaller screen, same ol' Civ.

Dragon Quest XI Has a Marvelous Feature That Should Be in All Long Games

Thank you Dragon Quest, for reminding me of things I often forget.

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