It took them alot of tries, but i'd say they finally got things right. The game is incredible. If you already own a gamecube, go rent or buy this game. If you don't own a game cube and you're a fan of the genre, go buy a cube just for this game. But if you're not a fan of the series, then maybe that's a little extreme. Anyway, this game is pure quality and definently puts every other survival horror game in it's place. i just finished silent hill 4 and resident evil makes it look like crap. the game is just incredible. The game is just alot less stressful than the other RE games. how does no more ink ribbons sound? what about more than 150 bullets in the game? that's right! your actually SUPPOSED to kill your enemies instead of running away from them. Upgradable weapons is ingenious and i instantly fell in love with the controls and camera angles. Sure you still have to move like a tank but it's a very maneuverable tank. And if they took out the movement style it just wouldn't be survival horror. The game is funny too, well, it's not supposed to be but i had a few friends over watching me play and we were all laughing at certain parts. For example, there are traps everywhere in the game and one of them is like a jerry-rigged little explosive trip wire, however i saw it and shot the wire, making it explode neutralizing the device. So i then proceeded between the trees and i step in a bear trap. "guess i probably should have checked for that..." then i step to my right to avoid the trap and proceed again only to step into a second bear trap. So i was like "-blam!-" and walked around the trees all together where i stepped into a 3rd beartrap.... well,the only thing i could have them improve on is a way to quickly throw nades in combat. As it is now you have to open your inventory equip the nade throw it and then go back and re-equip whatever gun you were using. But let me tell you, there is a reason that this game gets reviews that are on par with halo 2. that was a pretty poor review, but i'm just so excited about this game. maybe i'll edit this when i calm down.
also i came up with this inspiring quote while playing today, "Sometimes your problems are like mutant zombie farmers, you blow it's head off but then your problem regrows a new blade-octopus head even more deadly then the original.... and steals your girl" i think this is like banning davester, he just comes back with a new name. and posts more tub sickness than before. or actually, i guess a mutant zombie farmer in itself is a problem... so, that too.
Resident Evil 4 owns yer soul. I agree with you on the grenades, but it ads tension, especially later in the game. And I thought the Chief threw like a girl. He's got nothin' on Leon.