I'm loving the story mode, I also agree how I can come back into the game after a game over with my experience still there to get better. I'm sure hardcore shmup fans hate that idea. Most would say if you die, start over with default settings. Well, I don't care, RS is epic and I had to listen to the amazing soundtrack from Sakimoto for many years just imagining how this game was. I refused to see much gameplay from it since 1998.