Around 2006/2007 I was very much a fan (or at least I thought I was) of the Resident Evil franchise. I loved the lore, characters, mechanics, pretty much everything about the RE games that I had played at the time. I remember fondly of my brother waking me up at 10/11 PM to come play the original RE on the playstation when I was about 7, scared the shit out of me but I loved it. During my fandom though I had only played: 0, REmake, 4 and part of 2. As I said I considered myself a fan but I hadn't touched 2 or 3 (or any other spin offs for that matter) even though I have bought them twice (Gamecube and PSN version, those GC copies were expensive).
Anyways 5 was released and I slowly drifted away from the franchise. I thought 5 was fun to play but it wasn't a Resident Evil game to me. And as I said after that I just stopped playing them and paying attention in general. My plans to playthrough all the main games was tossed aside and collecting dust. I eventually found myself playing different series and genres and for the most part just forgot/ignored everything about the franchise.
Now a few weeks back someone brought up the fact that 8-4 Play did a retrospective of the first few games and I found myself seeking it out as I do have nostalgia for some of the games they were talking about, and I loved it. Their discussion rekindled feels I had for the series that I haven't thought about in 6 years now (God RE5 was almost 6 years ago, that's depressing to me). Now I find myself wanting to start where I left off, actually starting over entirely and approaching the series with a better plan and idea of how I'm going to accomplish this. And that is where you, the wonderful GB community, comes in. Which games should I play and how should I play these games?
Obviously I want to play the main series (0-6, Code Veronica) but are there any other games that are important to the canon or ones that shouldn't skip for one reason or another? I believe the Revelations games are important to the main games but I don't know for sure.
Also what order should I approach the games? Is chronological order worth it? Is it hard to lets say play the REmake and then go back to the PS1 versions of 2 and 3? Really I wouldn't mind playing them in release date order but I want to do what's best for the franchise. This also leads to which version of games should I play. RE has been remade several times and been released in various forms on almost every console now, but which one(s) should I play? Should I start off with the Director's Cut and also play the REmake? Should I just play one of them? The DS one is the one to play? Etc.
I am looking forward to doing this finally (might be one of the biggest shames in my VG playing lifetime) so any help and suggestions given will be highly appreciated.