As someone who had never played a Resident Evil game before 4 I was extremely intrigued when I heard about this updated release and after completing this game I must say....holy shit this was god damn incredible. The atmosphere was flawless and I was legitimately freaked out on several instances and it never felt cheap. Even with the updated controls there was a great amount of tension for me due to the tight corridors and camera angles (I gave out the biggest fuck you when I glanced over in a mirror and saw a zombie hanging in the corner lol). It was also cool how they used such a small setting and made it so memorable memorizing great paths to get to and from storage rooms. I played as Jill because I heard about the larger inventory lol but it's cool how they give you the option (also Barry is fucking awesome). I will probably play as Chris at some point when I want to replay the game (maybe in October). I was pretty good about not using shotgun/magnum ammo unless necessary. Also, fuck the spiders! I nearly had a panic attack the first time I saw one of those :/.
I do understand your point about 4 even though that game will always hold a special place in my heart as one of my absolute favorites. I really liked The Evil WIthin and thought it was a step in the right direction for this kind of game, but it definitely had some pacing issues that killed some of the tension.