If you aren't a hardcore fan then fear not good sir!!! Your head is in fact not shoved so far up your own ass that you can't appreciate the game!
Personally i love it. I think its fun, it furthers along the resident evil world, and who the hell doesn't want to enjoy a FUN game? Clearly it's not like the previous resident evil games, but that's fine. Games should evolve, not stagnate. I give it a solid 9. It would get a Ten but theres a few graphical hickups that irritate me.
All I'm gonna say is I'm still baffled by some of the reviewers complaints. I've experienced none of the stuff they cried about and I absolutely love the game. It isn't perfect, but again no game is. I know I'll be playing it for months because the amount of content this game offers is unprecedented in the series.
It's a quality game. It is well made and designed. As someone that knows the process it takes to create a game, this game is VERY well made.
The game isn't overly unique, but it's dynamic enough where you won't get bored.
Has it's own version of airhockey, a short segment that sort of pays tribute to the old Metal Gear Solid on PS1, few RE1~3 style puzzles, underwater zombies, a children's payground, Nemisis style chase, and a few other goodies.
The game isn't nearly as difficult as Dark Souls, but it does provide you with adequate difficulty.