Why Am I Still Playing Breath of the Wild?

So here I am, 60 hours into Persona 5, and I suddenly find myself booting up The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild again.

As shown in my review back in March, I adore Breath of the Wild. After clocking-in over 100 hours into this game and completing all 120 shrines Hyrule offers, I expected I wouldn’t touch this game until the expansions were released. What I didn’t expect was it to have this much longevity in my gaming life.

As stated earlier, I’m deep into Persona 5. 60 hours is no small feat when playing a game. What I found myself doing while playing however, was longingly looking at my docked Nintendo Switch.

This isn’t the strangest thing to happen to me. In fact, I find myself in similar situations quite often. It’s very easy for me to get distracted by one game while playing another. This time however was quite different.  In the past, I usually have gotten distracted from playing a game part-way through due to boredom or disinterest. But that’s not the case here. I have loved every second of playing Persona 5, but I still found the urge to play the same game I played throughout the month of March.

So what is my deal? Or better yet, what is Breath of the Wild’s deal? I haven’t been in a situation like this since I played Pokémon Emerald nonstop when I was about 11. I would search every nook and cranny of that game, waaaay after completing the main quest. I was so interested in seeing everything, even though I knew it would not be worth it in the end. I know that nothing that Breath of the Wild can offer me at this point will be fulfilling in the long run, but I am still drawn to spending hours in the world it has given me.

I don’t know how much longer this love affair with Breath of the Wild will last. I may tomorrow just instantly lose all interest in playing it. But what this has taught me is how beautiful a game can be. I think about Breath of the Wild like I think of a memorable food or a catchy tune. It stays stuck in your head, and you will never forget it.