how the series has declined over the past 4-5 years.
When did RE5 come out? That was a fantastic game.
And opinions vary, but the general consensus, whether you liked it or not (I did, in spite of itself), RE5 was a pretty substantial departure from the series, for better or worse, depending, again, on who you ask.
Do you mean that RE5 heavily changed from the earlier games, without much of a hint of horror (unlike RE4, which had at least a little hint of horror in it), or that RE5 wasn't generally received very well? Because I would agree with you on the former but on the latter, most people seemed to have enjoyed RE5 at least somewhat.
Yeah, just in that it was a dramatic change from RE4 and previous games in the series. A lot of people liked it, but even most people I've talked to that liked it think RE4 is kind of the pinnacle of the series and 5 is a lesser title.