I finished RE4 for the first time this week. The combat is really great, and it's true the level design dips in the second half, but it's not bad enough to make it a chore. What is really frustrating are those enemies that sprout the Plagas infection once you shoot off their heads, because not only are they OP as fuck compared to every standard enemy in the game and retard strong, but the way they transform out of nowhere really fucks me and discourages close-range playstyles a lot. Is there a way around that?
That aside, since beating the game I started a new run on Professional, and picked up RE0, RE1, and RE7 on the PS4. I know the classic games are different, but believe it or not I did play Director's Cut almost to completion as my first RE and really enjoyed it, along with some of CVX and 0 on the PS2 - I just didn't play the others then, so I'm planning to now. Anyways, I look forward to it.