DampRevil wrote:I've said this from the beginning, Resident Evil will be the downfall of The Evil Within.
If that is so, The Evil Within may just be the salvation
of the Resident Evil. With other words, to demonstrate that it is possible to build a quality game without taking RE further down the path of COD-Hollywood.
Having that said, let's not make, as some reviewers do, RE4 the end-all survival horror. It too has corny Hollywood action hero oneliners (Saddler says "the American hero prevailing is a thing that only happens in your Hollywood movies" - only to do the biggest cliché thing ever a second later). Ashley is downright annoying, other than the peasant village there is no backtracking and most importantly - where are the zombies? What made RE4 revolutionary is also the controls which allowed for a very fluent experience, which is what people got used to by the time of RE5. If this type of controls had existed at the time of REmake, it would have been significantly easier and perhaps as a result less scary (for instance it was a chance situation to make a headshot on a zombie).
I disgree with the O.P. that a perfect semblance of different survival horror elements (the psychological dishevelling of SH and its nasty environments, the feelings of mystery and desolation in REmake, RE3's panic of being relentlessly hunted and the adrenaline flow of RE4) could produce an eclipse that would block the essence of the freightening. On the contrary, I image a perfect synthesis of all this as follows: Zombies need to be burned or may get back up (as crimson heads...), so even if you go through the rooms gathering items and resting in shelter you still don't feel safe. There is ammo but less of it, you can do spectacular melee attacks if you daze an enemy with a well placed shot. You feel powerful at times, but vulnerable mostly. Puzzles test your wits and environments can morph to play with your mind . . . Even the mindgames of Eternal Darkness may make their appearance. Heck, all this actually does sound
much like The Evil Within so far (going by a Youtube video of a guy - not the annoying guy mind you - spending 60 minutes playing The Cruellest Intentions).