It's not cheating using something like Playmaker, but it can be limiting. It means you can't choose other systems because there aren't many like that. With scripting, there is a relative amount of redundancy, so it's not too hard to pick up a new language, a new engine, etc. As far as 3rd person games like Resident Evil, they were made by teams of people, lately AAA game teams can be 100 individuals and they can work on a game for 2 or more years. You can make a game something like Resident Evil, but it will be a major undertaking and probably won't look nearly as professional. Things like Playmaker might help, but also might hinder because if there's something it wasn't set up to do, you simply can't do it. Whereas, with programming there is usually some way around it. Artistic content is also a concern, are you going to buy all your models? The game will look generic and will cost quite a bit to develop. Some people are able to develop there own models in modeling programs like Blender, some can't. Even if you can, it will be hard to produce all the models you need for a full game along with the design, and programming needed. Playmaker may look easier, but it's still really programming and can actually be harder because you can't use things like classes or components as easily or with as much diversity, so each thing is more of an individual problem.
Really, 2d is an excellent way to start and learn game development. You can usually find some sprite sheets and write some simple games and come to grips with the whole development process before taking on the added dimension of 3d. You may feel like you are in a hurry, but that's mainly because you don't know how much work is involved. If you did, you would slow down, simplify, and enjoy the ride because it takes years to acquire the necessary skills.
If you do start out with Playmaker, nothing will stop you from learning programming later. It will still be a pretty good introduction into game development. Look at those things as stepping stones because that's what they will be if you stick with it.