Resident Evil is one of those series that, among many others, has fallen almost completely into the trash. This is a shame because despite its absolutely retarded plot and writing, they were amazing games.
Resident Evil, released initially in 1996 in Japan under the title Biohazard, was the game that arguably put survival horror on the map. You played as one of the members from S.T.A.R.S, a crack team sent to investigate some bullshit but things quickly go bad and you find yourself trapped in a zombie infested mansion.
Resources like health, ammo and even saving items were limited so it was all very tense. Once you progressed and even more horrible creatures started to stalk the mansion things got really frightening, at least the first time round.
The game later spawned 3 sequels and a prequel that were great and a whole bunch more that aren't so great. It all started to go downhill with Resident Evil 4
The intensity of the first 3 games was gone and we were left with more of an action game with bombastic set pieces rather than a survival horror game. They still made an effort to keep it at least a little horror but with RE 5 onward it's like they just gave up
Now we are left with mediocre action games and a series of shit movies. The originals have been ported and remade out the ass so it's easy to go back but I can't help but feel it's a shame that we will probably never get that old survival horror that we started with ever again