Simple question, but what clones of a game series did you play before playing the real thing?
For me, before I played Tomb Raider, I played the PC versions of the first two Harry Potter games.
There's puzzles, there's platforming, the first game had tank controls (the second game approves the controls though by adding mouse support and strafing), and it's in a behind the character third person view.
The real thing I would later play would be Tomb Raider: Legend on the GameCube.
When the series would get rid of the tank controls that would hinder the experience for a lot of people, including me as instead of a PS1 (where TR was most popular at the time), I had an N64 and most 3D platformer games on the platform (Mario 64, Rayman 2, Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, DK 64) would have full analog control. Damn shame it took them until almost the end of the next gen to do it.
What about you?