Initially I took ages on the first mission, exploring, messing around with the controls and weapons and getting used to the feel of it. I haven't played FC3 so it was my first proper experience of the game. I assumed it would save at the checkpoints like most games do, thus my frustration and subsequent comment the following night when I had to start over.
It autosaves after every collectible pickup, every side mission, every main mission, and if you aren't happy about it not saving after every individual kill, then there's a 'Save Game' option on the menu screen for you. In other words its exactly like FC3.
Yeah, I had the same thing this evening, although I only played about half an hour last night. Annoying though that there doesn't seem to be a reliable auto-save.
*plays hour and a half last night*
*presses "continue game" today*
*game is back at the beginning*
Can't be fucked with this, disappointing piece of turd.
MARK IV STYLE, MUTHA FUCKER!
If you quit mid-mission then of course you'll be kicked back to the open world and have to start it again. That's the rule of every open world game ever.