I remember first reading about Resident Evil 1 in Gamepro magazine. Wow. I had a PS1 and a friend of mine let me borrow his copy of the game. I remember being so obsessed with not using any of the ink ribbons for saves because I didn't want to run out of them. I made huge head way in one play through until we had a power outage that wiped out all of that progress. At the time though there was no other game like it and I was completely immersed. Young teenaged me had no problem with the voice acting. And yes, like everyone, I totally jumped the first time that dog jumped through the window. I am absolutely in love with the GameCube remake. I still have my GC so that I can play the remake, RE4, and Wind Waker. I really dug the addition of the Lisa Trevor enemy and the expanded history of the mansion. Plus this game got me again with a good jump scare the first time one of the zombies I thought was dead jumped up and chased me.
What I remember most about Resident Evil 2 was that during the early development of the game there was supposed to be Leon, and a female character that was dressed in a motorcycle racing suit. At some point in time she was replaced with Claire. I owned the N64 version of this game. I never did finish it though, for whatever reason. I know it was superior to RE1, but I didn't get as immersed in the environments for some reason. I am hoping the eventual remaster comes out and I can get back into it.
I have never played RE3 or Code Veronica.
Resident Evil 4 is my favourite. What a game. I was completely obsessed with it. I made sure I found every single jewel in the game that could fit into the crowns and necklaces so I could maximize the amount of money the merchant would give me. I purchased every weapon and upgraded it fully. I made sure I got perfect scores in the shooting galleries (not easy with the controller). Everything about the game is awesome except for some of the controls, but at the time they were perfectly functional. Plus the game ended up being way longer than I ever thought it would. It is still the pinnacle of the series and will most likely never be topped.
Resident Evil 5 was a major disappointment. At the time I was playing it I had just gone through a horrible breakup that absolutely crushed me. I'm not sure if it's really as bad as it is, but I remember being completely emotionally detached from it. I appreciated what they tried to do with the daylight gameplay, but it just seemed like a gimmick and it definitely made the game feel more like an action game than a survival horror game. Maybe one day I'll give it another chance. I still have it in my collection, but I've soured on the series because....
Resident Evil 6 is an epic disaster. How is it possible that this game actually looks and plays worse than the other games? I have no idea what Capcom was thinking with the development. I can't remember what characters were involved in the motorcycle driving scene, but it looked and controlled worse than Ridge Racer did on PS1. I finished the Chris and Jake campaigns and kept the Leon one until last because I knew I would like it most, but I just could not bring myself to finish the game. It's terrible.
I never played any of the spinoff games, portable games, or on rails games. I mostly just played the main series.