@themanwithnoplan: Yeah I would totally agree with you. If I'd taken breaks and played it over the course of a few days, I probably would've liked some of the combat more. After every Bloater, I felt like taking a break, but then something would reel me back in. That's the funny part for me; I never actually set out to marathon the whole game. I just wanted to play at least a few hours of it while I had the house to myself. Then it turned out to be really good and I didn't want to stop until eventually it became, "Well, I'm already this far..."
Yeah, I understand. I've definitely had those times where what starts out as a brief excursion turns into an all day affair.