By which I mean what game out there has some cool mechanics and ideas but is an iteration or two away from being a good game.
With Origins coming out I went back and played a little bit of the first Assassin’s Creed and was reminded of how incomplete it feels. AC Brotherhood and Black Flag are some of my very favorite games but they were preceded by a pretty dull game.
King’s Field is an even more extreme example. The bare bones of Dark Souls can be seen in it but it took a decade of improvements in design and technology to become something great.