Well that was nice, but the problem was that it was the only method to save. No checkpoints during a mission was a disaster.
I only managed to find this - http://uk.ign.com/articles/2012/03/2...tions-answered
"Question #8: Dont know if this has been asked before but what sort of save system will they use? Will it be like the old checkpoint system? - @AndyMighalls
Without going too much into details, we made sure that the save system is forgiving and prevents from having to 'redo' long sections of navigation if you die along the way."