@bowlisimo Uhhh, yeah. Maybe today RE4′s controls feel ancient, but compared to the old tank controls, back in 2005 the game felt like a revelation.
But even today, every part of RE4 is meticulously designed around its control scheme. You really do have to learn to move in tune with the enemy AI. There is also almost zero creepiness in RE4. The whole “horror” element is more the feeling of “holy shit there are 20 people with maces and clubs chasing me and I’ve got half a clip of sub machine gun ammo left.”
Try to take out enemies efficiently. Use choke points. When possible go for the kneecaps and then finish enemies off with melee (contextual attacks not the knife). Know when to dodge an attack and use that opening to get good shots in. Use your environment.