I've been introduced to the term "a beautiful mess" recently to describe video games which have interesting elements that failed to gel together into a cohesive whole. Thinking back to titles that I've played in the recent past Banner Saga is the first that comes to mind, but I'd rather dedicate an entire post to that game at a later date. So for now here are a few older titles that come to mind as quintessential examples.
Despite all my complaints I actually really enjoyed all three the above mentioned titles. Perhaps I can overlook the flaws simply because I feel like these games offer something new. Sure the latest triple AAA titles are more often than not polished to a high level of sheen, but I can't help having a soft spot for beautiful messes.