"Resident Evil 4 was one of, if not the, first games I played when I was getting back into gaming in 2004 and 2005 (after a late high school-through-early-20s hiatus) that utterly blew me away and demonstrated how far the medium had progressed since I last saw it. So I was super excited about Resident Evil 5, if a bit wary based on what I initially saw.
It's certainly not a disaster. The production values are excellent and there are a few unique touches, most notably the use of the bright African sun in the early levels to amplify the horror in a way I've never seen. Instead of feeling anxious in the dark, I felt exposed in the light (At least until the game abandoned that idea and moved into a bunch of generic caves and sci-fi backdrops).
I'll be honest: Overall, I wasn't just disappointed in Resident Evil 5. I actively disliked it. If I hadn't been reviewing it, I would have stopped playing after a few hours. I think my review lays out my reasons pretty well. But for those who like lists, here they are one by one."