Well – I suppose I should be careful with my assumptions. I thought the first one was mediocre. I heard the second one was atrocious, so I admittedly didn’t see it. But considering they both scored in the mid-30s on Metacritic, I don’t have much hope for the third.
And don’t get me wrong – RE4 was one of the better (prolly top 10) games I’ve ever played. It’s a fantastic experience and everyone should try. But it was also a large leap from the previous games in the series – some actual innovation and re-design of the gameplay. From the shots I’ve seen, RE5 looks nearly identical, only with a few more polygons and shader effects.