lol @ having no concept of checkpoints and save stations in games. yeah, as everyone else is saying, this isn't a new concept. ever played an RPG? they utilize this concept all the time (i.e. Final Fantasy, one of the biggest RPG series of all time). if you're gonna get upset over this, that's sad. anyway, in regards to loading of saves, yeah, they take a little bit of time. although one thing i've noticed is the HD version is kinda slow loading between sections. not sure if it's a difference in the HD quality or what, but i don't remember them taking quite as long. not that it's a big issue, since it's fairly short, but i would expect a game that's fully installed to have almost instant loading, particularly a game based on last gen consoles. anyway, whatever. i'm enjoying the game. although i'm on a short break while re-playing through AC2 and ACB for a bit since i lost my game saves.