I wonder, will I miss any important plot elements since I didn't play the prequel? Seems to be a lot of reminiscing going on, on the island.
No, I don't think so. I have only played the first game half-way as the difficulty is just too damn high so I never got around to the end. Basically they all think you're a hero for saving the planet, Sendell makes a return
and there are a few references to Dr. FunFrock but that's about it. I don't think there's anything you must
know to complete the game.
Regarding the difficulty I think the second game is far easier than the first but there are certain sections that are still pretty hard, especially those more involved in combat. Combat's quite clunky I think. The sometimes-odd camera angles also makes some jumping bits tricky to perform.
Loved the intro, it sent shivers down my spine, that's always a great sign with any game.
Me too, it totally gives me goosebumps. I love it. The sun is shining, children are laughing and beautiful music plays in the background.