he's way too unfazed by the horrors around him for anyone to relate to him.
That’s precisely what makes it easier to insert ourselves in his place; he’s unfazed by the horrors except for the shock and surprise when something unexpected happens... exactly like veteran Resident Evil players.
And people do not need to relate to characters for them to be interesting or likable. That whole line of thinking has, in my opinion, contributed to the downfall of classic storytelling, where the hero and villain were good or evil, to be cheered for or against, simply because they were. There was purity to that kind of storytelling, but now, everybody must find something relatable to a character in order for them to be likable. The summarized term for it is that the character must be “3-dimensional”, an ill-defined and oversimplified term that ultimately means nothing.
You see this kind of thinking in the criticism against most villains in the Marvel movies, that only Loki and Thanos have relatable motives, and are thus see as the only “good” villains to have appeared so far. Not true. They don’t have to be relatable, they simply have to do what they do. Their reasons are their own and they are irrelevant. All that matters is that what they do is enjoyed by the audience, either for its own sake, or because it makes it that much more awesome when the heroes stop them (Frankly, I found Ultron more enjoyable than either Loki or Thanos).
Bringing it back to Ethan, I don’t want to relate to him. If I’m going to step into the shoes of a character (either 1st person or 3rd, there’s really no true difference in the end), I don’t want to be anything like them. I play games because they are not reality. I do not want to be or deal with characters who are in any way like me or anyone I know. I want fiction to be as fictional as it can. I want to be someone completely different from myself, somebody who has, can do, or experiences, everything I don’t or can’t. This is why Altair is a better Assassin’s Creed character than Ezio, this is why silent slashers like Jason and Michael Meyers are better than “complex” characters like Freddy and Pinhead, and this is why Ethan is better as just an outline of a real guy with a real life than actually being/having one.
But, that’s just me.
They were never officially called witchesI’m thinking and I can’t understand ... where did witches come from in the Resident's Evil game (yes, in this game one of the types of enemies would be witches)? After all, this is no longer even a Resident Evil, but some kind of supernatural s**t that cannot be explained at all. If the Werewolves can still be explained by some kind of virus, then witches are already some kind of s**t, which does not combine with the series of the Resident Evil at all!