Well I just got past the second major boss and made it to a certain factory...and I am freaking loving this game. While it's not open levels like Dark Souls I definitely get that vibe when going through the levels. Then I found and played my first record and listened to nearly the whole thing. Was hauntingly beautiful. Starting to get a hang of combat. Checkpoints are very fair. Really digging it so far.
That is how far I am only just got to the Shield Boss killed him then saved after that.