It's quite interesting how a mere HD re-release of a remake from like 14 years ago (I think?) did so damn well in sales that it's inspired a Resi Zero re-release, and now Resi 2. Then again Capcom fucked up Resi 1's remake by making it a Nintendo exclusive and then acting surprised that its sales suffered due to RE fan's loyalty to the PlayStation despite being the objectively best RE game, and then RE4 being unsurprisngly a bigger seller due to its PS2 and GameCube availability. If Capcom didn't do a retarded exclusivity deal with Nintendo, games could be looking very different right now.
I was also surprised by how great playing RE1 was on PC, even with the old style gameplay. I actually preferred it that way to all my time playing them on console.
Out of excitement I've been playing the old survival horror games, not just Resi. Namely Dino Crisis. IMO Dino Crisis is a better example of a survival horror game than Resident Evil is, shame it's so underrated. Ammo is much more scarce, enemies are much more able and frightening, enemies absorb lots more damage, and they could even move room-to-room. I felt that the puzzles, code-finding, and fetchquesting were all much more elaborate in Dino Crisis. I quite liked the stronger backtracking element in DC. I thought it was a really well-designed scenario.
I found myself more spooked in DC than other horror games despite the lack of proper scares. I feel like survival horror is less about its theme, but more about the persecution and disempowerment of the player, if that makes any sense. Dashing down a well-lit corridoor to escape a single raptor with only four bullets in my pistol and then reflexively slamming the button to turn on the laser fencing to stop the raptor in its tracks just as it jumped at my arse gave me more thrills than dodging zombies did, in a game that gives you just enough shotgun shells to shoot all the necessary zombies you encounter.
If RE0 and RE2 do well, I'm hoping we see a resurrection of classic survival horror, at least in terms of design/intent.
God I love Dino Crisis. I have it on Dreamcast and I played the hell out of that. Really wish I could find an emulator of it because I cant get the Dreamcast to work on my current TV (I think it's too new or something because it works on other TVs),