I have bought 6 NIB Sterns over the last 2 years and 2 other HUO ones in the same time period. I pre-ordered an Xmen LE. Agonized over the incomplete code for over a year. Current code is good, but unfinished. After this experience, I have passed on both MET (thanks goodness given its current state of code) and ST. I am also out for TWD, Muppets, Angry Birds, or whatever other theme they come up with, unless they finish their other games.
Pat Powers is awesome with Stern's hardware and warranty issues. Top notch to deal with very timely. The rest of their communication and PR sucks big time.
I am sick and tired of paying a lot of money to a company and get treated like I am an annoyance to them. My money is off to someone else for MMR.