As this game is set to release next week, I figured we might as well start discussion now. Who else is excited? Will it be better than the first game? WHO KNOWS?!
Also, in a strange show of complete honesty, Gaijin just posted about the build differences. It kind of sounds like the Wii U version might be the best version? Unless you have a good controller for your PC? The PS3 version is missing some stuff and the Xbox 360 version has the worst load times, apparently.
They threw checkpoints in there for hardcore gamers like Daemon Hatfield, who couldn't bear the thought of repeating one-minute stages if he got hit. But he shouldn't have gotten hit since...you know, he's so hardcore. He's so hardcore, he bought a house to play Rock Band! True story, he said it in a podcast.
Sorry, his review of the original Bit.Trip Runner bugged me when he lamented the lack of checkpoints, when there was only one stage (1-11) that really needed them based on length.
I'm not hardcore by any means, but I found some stages obnoxiously cheap. It would've been nice to have checkpoints in the original. Would've made the experience less frustrating, and more fun for me. Maybe playing on the 3DS was the problem?
The great thing about these checkpoints is they appear to be optional. Keep the HARDCORE GAMERZ happy while appealing to the BABY CASUALZ. Although I'm a bit clear on what the advantage to not using the checkpoints is... score I'd image?