Super overdue reply but~ I think it's helpful in it's own little way.
Say, trying to get bosses done quick and moving onto the next level.
But it does remove the suspense and all.
It's been that way since the first time around.
The reason why I believe the RPG has never gone away is how it's become part of RE tradition and that desire for people 'to find the most powerful firearm ever and use it indiscriminately'.
I'm pretty sure a lot of people have equipped the RPG and then aimed at a boss/sub boss they hated so much and said 'EAT THIS. HAHAHAHA THIS IS REVENGE' and felt good about it. XD