Well just beat it again on 1999 Mode, this time without the DLC extras I used the first time. I'm finding there's a lot of places in this game where you can get through fast and easy. There's no doubt going to be some speed runs on YouTube. Fully upgrade Charge with a couple melee gears and the Overkill and Blood to Salt gears allows you to chain together powerful attacks without losing much if any health or salts. That said, I still find it very frustrating that the stutter can often kick in when you need to move quickly to avoid a heavy hitter, and it slows you down a lot. My only incentive to play the game again now is to see how much it's improved after the stutter fix they're working on, and to maybe try that "love letter" DLC that will come out later.