I’m starting to recognize a pattern in myself: A game’s story reaches a turning point, starting to gesture at a final boss or grand escape, and for some reason, I jump into “must finish this game within the next hour” mode. No matter how much of the game is actually left, I start to sprint past enemy encounters that aren’t balanced to be sprinted past.
I often end up hating my last couple hours with a game because of this. It’s currently happening in Prey, it happened to me in RE7 (post-house), and I remember a particularly gnarly night in college when I beat Halo: Reach in one day on Heroic difficulty.
Does this happen to anyone else? If so, what games? And is it a problem with my mentality or a matter of game pacing?