The more and more I talk to fans of this series, the more and more I feel outcasted. Why? Well, let me tell you. In general, most fans regard the original PS1 trilogy as the best Resident Evil has been, with the exception of 4 being just as, if not more beloved to the fanbase. Disregarding the non-numbered games (Code Veronica, Revelations, etc), Resident Evil 5 and 6 especially are generally regarded as utter trash compared to the first 4 games, and just utter trash in general. Here's where I disagree, and ask my question; Where do you stand? Me personally, I am not a fan of any Resident Evil game before 4. I have played all of the games released so far, and I genuinely prefer 4 and up as opposed to the original trilogy. Why? Let me explain. Why I dont like the original games I. I never grew up with the original PS1 games. My first console was the PS2, and I only got around to buying a PS1 from a friend about 2 years ago for $30. So, there is no nostalgia for me regarding the original games. II. Gameplay wise, I cant stand the original tank controls. They're cumbersome, needlessly difficult and wonky, and im not a fan of fixed camera angles generally. Aiming is also a pain in the ass because I have no real idea where my shots are gonna land, and no real way of accurately aiming. Also, I hate not knowing where to go. The older games give you no clear idea of where to go or what to do next. I needed a guide for all 3 original games just to beat them because I had no idea what the fuck to do. That irritated the shit out of me. III. Story wise, the sheer amount of cheese in these older games makes me laugh my ass off instead of be scared. The dialogue is hilariously bad and the voice acting is on the same level. As for the actual storylines, I dont really mind them either way. They're pretty boring and are really only set ups for future events, but they're not inherently bad or good. They're just 'meh' to me. The games are also ridiculously short once you know what to do. IV. Atmosphere wise, Resident Evil has never once been scary to me, and the older games are even less so than the newer ones for me. The Spencer mansion is pretty eerie, but not really scary. Racoon City is iconic sure, but again, it's little more than eerie to me. The music can get some good atmosphere going, but its not enough to get me truly uncomfortable. The enemies are extremely slow and predictable, so that only makes the games even less scary as not even the living dead and mutated fucks like William Birkin can frighten me. Why I like the newer games I. My first Resident Evil was 4, and I loved every second of it as a kid. Going back and playing it now, I still find myself really enjoying it. As for 5, im not too fond of it, but i'd play it over any of the original 3 all day. It just felt like Resident Evil 4 2.0 to me. As for 6, I had an absolute blast playing through it. It was worth every penny for my pre-order price. II. Gameplay wise, while 4 and 5 are still restricted in terms of movement, I had far less difficulty navigating myself around and aiming. The camera wasnt fixed anymore so I could see anywhere and everywhere I needed. I had a clear indication where I had to go and what I had to do, so I was able to progress the story at a reasonable pace and not feel like im just running in circles accomplishing nothing. Once 6 came out with its fluid movement, better sprint mechanic, dodge rolling and useful melee, I couldnt play a 3rd person game the same. I needed that level of fluid, useful and downright awesome level of movement and maneuverability. I can still play 4 and 5 just fine, but 6 is really the pinnacle for combat in Resident Evil for my tastes. To be fair though, a lot of the bosses in 6 needed to die way sooner than they did. (Im looking at you, Simmons. You too, Ustanak.) Also, quick time events dont bother me at all. I kinda like them, to be honest. III. Story wise, 4 was interesting enough to get me to the end, but its still nothing i'd write home about. Better than the originals, but not anything spectacular. 5's story was only cool for the amount of Wesker that was in it. Like I said, it felt like Resident Evil 4 2.0. Still better than the originals for me, but worse than 4. 6 on the other hand, has my favorite story to date in the Resident Evil universe. All my favorite characters and even some new ones come together to stop a biological apocalypse? Sign me the fuck up. Each campaign intertwined with each other, and had their own endings, which were all satisfying to me. While I found Jake to be really hit-or-miss, I fell in love with Helena Harper, and Piers Nivans' sacrifice at the end of Chris's campaign brought real tears to my eyes. 4 and 5 have decent lengths on their own, but 6 for sure has the ideal length for a game in my book. Each campaign is about 4-5 hours long, and once you beat all 4 to get a full understanding of the events, you've got a strong length of 16-20 hours, depending. Not overly long, and not woefully short. IV. Atmosphere wise, again nothing in Resident Evil has ever been scary to me, but I gotta say. In 4, the Regenerators and some of the Plagas mutations were pretty damn unnerving. Salazar's castle was creepily quiet at points, and the beginning village certainly had its moments of uneasiness. 5 wasnt frightening or even eerie, but some of the Majini mutations were kinda cool. 6 was extremely similar to 4 to me in terms of atmosphere. In Leon/Helena's campaign specifically, Tall Oaks Cathedral and the College campus were both unnerving and unsettling for me. In Sherry/Jake's campaign, the caves where Ustanak would hunt you via sound got me on edge many times. As for Chris/Piers' campaign, the final boss's transformation (and Piers') are my favorite transformations and bosses to date. It was fucking awesome to me. Regarding Ada's campaign, I liked the whole 'stealth' thing they were going for, and Tall Oaks Cathedral was creepy to me as it was in Leon/Helena's campaign. The enemies got quicker and quicker as the games went on, and their mutations got more and more creative and challenging to combat. So, there you have it. Are the old games bad games? not at all. They're just not my preferred games. When I think 'Resident Evil', I think Resident Evil 4 and 6 specifically before I even begin to think of the original trilogy. With that said, where do you guys and gals stand? Do you prefer the original games, or are you more in to the newer games? Am I still the only person I know who genuinely likes the new over the old by a landslide? Let me know~ Also, please no flame wars. If you flame, I will delete your posts. Let's all be civil here and voice our opinions in a dignified, well reasoned manor. No need for 'this game sucks' or 'fuck that character'. Happy posting~ One last thing I thought I should mention. Yes, I do like the movies. Yes, I do like them more than the original trilogy.