"Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it?"
I grew up on the original games, and while they were amazing for their time it got to a point where Capcom was rehashing everything on the Game Cube before RE4 came along. I just remember being disappointed and bored while playing through RE0 and at the time it was one of their newest RE games! The gameplay (which was fixed camera angles like the originals) wasn't fun and the story dragged and I was losing interest in the series all together. As much as some fans hate to admit it, RE4 was everything that the series needed. Fun, new over the shoulder gameplay that is more challenging than the fixed camera angles, and a story that actually continued the series on with past characters in a very entertaining and innovative way.
I am so sick of hardcore fans of the classic titles sh!tting all over RE4 because it 'ruined everything'. The series would have stagnated and withered away far earlier if Capcom continued with tank controls and fixed angles into the 7th Gen.