Ok so this is a ramble merely because I literally just finished the game and boy am I upset and disappointed with this game's story to the point that I'm not thinking clearly.
First off, I want to get out of the way that the game is alright. It wasn't amazing, it wasn't great, it wasn't horrible, it wasn't bad, it was just alright.
So I've been waiting for this game since a little bit after it was announced, not because of who was directing it but because well it's a new survival horror IP and I like it when people try something new. Anyway so the game came out and I got it on the PS4 (because I need validation for owning the damn thing). First thing I notice is that the game looks like a PS3 game, now that's not a bad thing but it really isn't a game you need to get on the new gen consoles since nothing looks different from this and the PS3 version. Also for some reason there was a lot of texture loading in the game which I didn't really expect given how it looks but whatever.
Then you get to the gameplay itself and for the most part its fine. It feels like RE4 though with some tweaks and changes. First off you can now fully sprint (yay!) but at level one you can only sprint for 3 seconds (boo!) thankfully you can upgrade it and it's not essential but I would have enjoyed being able to sprint longer. Your melee attacks are also a lot weaker than in RE4 (you have a knife but you only use it for stealth kills for whatever reason) but this can be upgraded too but I never fully upgraded it so I can't tell if it's worth it or not but needless to say until you do punching people is out of the question. The game is still over the shoulder but unlike RE4, this game really zooms in a lot, to the point that only your gun is on the corner of the screen which can be a little disorientating and for me effected my accuracy in a negative way.
Survival and item management is key in this game unlike RE4 though, you really don't get a lot of anything which is what this game excels at. You never feel too powerful or even too confident because you're usually under supplied which adds to the tension of the game. Surviving is a lot harder in this game than RE4 as well since quite a few enemies in this game can either one hit kill you at a quarter health or even at full health. Many of the bosses have a gimmick to them to help you defeat them easier and if you don't do so and just brutal force it than the game punishes you severely because of the lack of supplies. You really do have to think and adapt to make it through and that's a good thing.
The biggest flaw of this game though is it's story. It's confusing, it's dark, and it's unresolved (spoilers), and normally this is ok but this game offers no satisfaction upon completing it's story. You don't feel like the story is over, you don't feel like you accomplished anything, and hell even all the backstory that is revealed in notes have mysteries that aren't resolved. There is just no enjoyment to get out of this story, it's merely there so you have an excuse to do some really weird things and experience some really weird things.
Now since it's October and people play these games to be scared, the next question is if the game is scary or not. I can't really judge that for people honestly, I know some people who would shit their pants over this and I know some people who will be like me and just journey along making jokes and not being bothered at all. I don't know why but this game was never scary, at least to me, I mean sure it was tense but this isn't a Survival Tension game, its survival horror. I feel the reason it's not scary is because this game seems to go more for gross out horror rather than actual horror. Everyone looks ugly and disfigured, the walls are covered in push and pulsating organs, and you fight on a giant brain with eyeballs on the walls. There are moments where it goes back to traditional horror, mood lighting, dark corridors, and ambient noises but the constant shift in locations (I'd love to explain that but this is too fucking long already) really hurts the atmosphere the game is trying to create. It could have been soooo much better in horror but instead they opted for body horror instead.
Oh and side comment, people bitched about how RE5 and 6 have these dumb moments where you fight people with machine guns, or drive jeeps with LMG mounted too them, or had on the rail sections and that the director of RE1 and 4 claimed that was stupid and ruined the franchise. But guess what? Near the end of this game that's what you do. You encounter swat guys with assault rifles, you get two on the rail sections, and you even fight a boss with an unlimited ammo LMG on the back of a military humvee. So what the hell Mikami? Don't state that these things killed one of your previous creations and then put them in the next one yourself. Some of you might think that these are for parody of that but they honestly aren't. This story gets soooo stupid that it just happens.
I wanted this game to be great, I wanted it to live up to the great fun that RE4 was, but it just wasn't. It has its charms as well as its really fun moments, but it's just lacking in so many areas to really make it a great game in my opinion. The story sucks, some of the gameplay choices weren't great, and it wasn't scary just gross.
I'm not going to lie and say its a horrible game though and if you can ignore the stupid story than I'm sure most people are really going to enjoy it a lot and that's not a bad thing. For me though, it could have been better. If I had to give it a dumb score or something I would give it a 7/10 or something. 3.5/5 whatever sounds more impressive to you guys haha.
Oh another side comment, this took me 14 hours to beat on my first run through and apparently I died 70 times (thanks for telling me that game, thats a really nice touch haha). There is stuff to unlock, a few weapons and game modes (just two difficulties, one being a one hit kills you mode) so I will probably play it again (once again, I have like nothing else on my PS4) and I will probably enjoy it still; however, this time I'm skipping all the cutscenes.
TL;DR: I'm a whiny bitch and scrub who got butt hurt over a story but the game is still fun.