I've always loved Resi, even though EVERY game without fail gets stick for something (controls/graphics/story), I think it's a top series. (And what annoys me is that most people who bitch about the 'action style' probably have never completed 0,1,2,3 and CV.
I'll probably get it, I'm just waiting for the PC version (and maybe Steam Xmas sales). I was sceptical at first, but I really liked the demo that came out recently! The Leon bit was a lot closer to the direction I think RE5 should have taken, and Chris's bit was fun if you take it as it is rather than as part of a Resident Evil game. Also since your first post a lot more reviews have come out, and there is a really wide range of opinion out there...
ign gives it (more realistically, IMO) a 7.9. that review score just seems stupidly low tbh. not really a fan of series-faithful, nostalgic reviews to be honest, a game should be reviewed on its merits as if it were a brand new game, every time. you can't just keep downgrading things because past entries were better... daft.
as far as I can tell, if you liked resi 5 (some did, some.didn't) then you'll like this one.
It's pretty fun. Not the best game, but I think reviewers are being a bit harsh on it as almost all of the same criticisms could also apply to the much lauded RE4. It seems that reviewers have finally tagged that RE isn't a survival horror sees any more, even though it's been action horror since RE4.
Completed all of the major campaigns in 3 days. It is definitely OTT, but the franchise has been going that way for years. Some of it feels like a huge step backwards compared to RE5, though. Mercenaries mode isn't quite as good either and that helped keep 5 alive for much longer than it would have otherwise.
I still do wish that they'd go back to the older style RE games, though. The RE5 DLC, Lost in Nightmares, showed that it's still do-able and something like the 3.5 hookman demo, in terms of gameplay static cameras, over the shoulder shooting), would be perfect.
I think it's a pretty solid 7. Nothing ground breaking and there are a few technical issues, but otherwise a solid shooter and I actually like it being over the top, it's part of the charm! Chris' "pick up and lob them" headshot melee definitely got a chuckle, in tge same way as re5s "boulder punching". It's all very B-)movie but I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be! So yeah... I enjoy the storyline, there aren't so many technical issues that it really hinders gameplay too much, and (IMO) that review's description of contextual button pressing scenes is massively exaggerated. I think they're LESS frequent than RE5, even...
7 would have been fair for occasional.dodgy camera and control freak outs... because I don't think you can really givr any game.more than an 8 if it doesn't do anything "new". It definitely sticks to tried and tested gameplay. That doesn't really bother me, though.
I'm playing through Leon's campaign just now and quite enjoying it. Not finding it scary at all though! Which actually suits me since I'm a complete pussy when it comes to games. I think you just have to take the game as is and forget about how awesome the early resi games were, they're still solid good games regardless.
As far as I can tell from reviewers online the general consensus is that Leon's campaign is pretty good but the other 3 are more like bonus content than core gameplay (although for the co op haters the 4th, unlockable, campaign with Ada is single player only). It sounds like an alright game, not worth the £40 rrp, but I'll definitely give it a play when it gets cheaper.
The thing I don't get though is why Capcom didn't spend 6-8 years developing this game and reinventing the franchise like they said they would. I get it from a financial point of view but they could have just made different games to fill the gap or even tried to start a new franchise.