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Resident Evil already had two first person shooters (Survivor and Survivor 2) and I liked them well enough, but mechanically they were piss poor. Keep in mind the first FPS for the series was made before Resident Evil 3 was even out, so its hardly a new thing.
I would be all on board for Resident Evil becoming an FPS.
Those games were too focussed on the novelty that 'you hold the gun', that they were rather lightweight experiences that were incredibly on-rails.
I'd like to see a RE game take a Skyrim/Fallout 3 approach. In some respects we're almost there already (or at least, we were until they removed tank controls), since RE4 and 5 were essentially first-person games with an avatar positioned close to the camera blocking some of the view.
Remove that avatar and the games would play a bit better, I'm sure of it :)
I never played Survivor 2 since its Japan only, but Survivor was most definitely not on rails. You could use the light gun but I didn't, and I didn't feel I was missing anything. You had items to collect and puzzles to solve and you could move around freely. Aside from the horrendous control and mechanics there is a great game lurking under there and I think something similar attempted with today's high quality and fluid controls could really be something.
That is, if it was done like those games. With puzzles and ammo pick ups, with herb mixing and the slow paced Resident Evil story. We all know it'll have regenerating health and be about alpha bravo tango stopping the russian zombie force after an emotional 2deep scene showing the vulnerability of america etc.
Currently Playing: Penumbra: Overture (Frictional, 2007) - Silent Hill: Homecoming (Double Helix, 2008) - Dead Space (EA Redwood, 2008)