Somehow I missed this post.
I blame Capcom for:
A. Creating the first 4 revolutionary Resident Evil titles, considering then...
B. ...How they sold out on survival horror thereafter and expected us not to notice that RE 5 and 6 were mindless action 'adventures'...oh they cut right to the bone, the friggin' lameness was epic...*heaves*
I concur. The first one I actually played was RE3 but it made me excited for the series future and wanted to touch the past. I had only watched a family play through RE2.
Capcom absorbed me through two other series, however... DMC and Onimusha. Especially Onimusha, which I played the first three with a pure vengeance.
Incidentally, did you ever play Policenauts, Zhuanyong? I can't remember if it was a Japanese exclusive or not, but it's often overlooked as a stroke of brilliance by Kojima.
I've never played that game. I did hear about it though.
You and I seem to concur on a truck-load
of opinions, mate. It's quite startling, since most find my opinions disagreeable and basically, clap-trap.
I think the Resi Evil brand peaked at the third installment, a peerless example of how creative scripting and depth of genre can inspire awe in gamers, however from there it was a progressive downhill spiral. Code Veronica was the turning point, imo...flat, unimaginative and it lacked the same atmosphere of it's predecessors...RE4 redressed the balance somewhat, but it didn't feel
like the Resi Evil.
Personally, I believe Capcom abandoned the Survival Horror genre too prematurely, for fear of the brand stagnating...which it, ironically, has.
Incidentally, Policenauts is ultra rare, as I found out. Anyone outside of Japan's borders would be very fortunate to own a copy. I feel a petition brewing, again...lol