Regardless of whether or not the classic RE games scared you the first time you played them, it's fairly obvious that the presentation for a horror game is of a significant higher quality than modern RE.
That said, yes. I found the originals scary. Especially RE2 and REmake.
The atmosphere was spooky and there were a few well done jump scares. But I've been desensitized to them. It also doesn't help that their visuals just don't stand up to what we're used to, which also detracts from the sp00ky.
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RE1 scared me some since I was a lot younger and never played a game like it. 2 was more of the same and I adjusted a bit. 3 onwards didn't really have any moments that scared me. Even Nemesis was like "Would you just leave me the **** alone already"
Back in the day they were. Would they scare someone today who has never played them before? Yes. Because I've seen it. I've had many people try to claim they weren't and I decided to have Nemesis show them a thing or two. But the graphics could turn some people off.
That and how things are animated. Like the dogs in RE1 coming through the window. I look at that and I have no idea how that was scary. The first glass breaks before you even see the damn thing jump in. But the lickers in RE2. Now I can see how that was most definitely scary.
I can agree with that about the zombies. I mostly meant like how the dog came through the window. It's so slow where as the lickers come flying through, lol
In the classic series, the zombies always have less polygons than the playable characters. My impression of the zombies of the first game is that they looked like burnt corpses. Something about all that and the weird, puppet-like movements makes everything creepy.
Also, since I didn't know the zombies' origins back when I first played them in 1996, I suspected that it was all supernatural and it made it all scarier.
By the time the secret's out that it was all pathogenic in RE2, I found myself hard to be scared by the series.
My thoughts about Bioshock Infinite: http://tinyurl.com/mn5ll4x (WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS)