Always place a manual save every game
Some truths in life are universal. For example: Touching hot metal will lead to burns, and if you forget your umbrella it will rain. This is also true for games, and one truth carries across all things no matter the genre you’re playing: You can never trust autosave. It might be handy when you need to quickly reload a level for a second attempt, but it also deceives. Having a save just before a tricky bit in a game doesn’t help you if you need to go further back to grind a bit, or if it’s autosaved a while after you made a bad decision that you now can’t reverse.