I like games that have a real sense of place. An authentic location where people live (or lived) real lives. Something that feels true. Where the games give me a chance to stop and appreciate the world at my own speed (usually means open world, but not necessarily). I usually find that I bury myself in these worlds, then miss them when I no longer play them. Like a place I used to live but moved away against my will. Because usually these games run out of stuff to do before I’ve grown tired of the worlds they create.
Like Rapture. Or Vice City. Or Black Mesa. Or the Capital Wasteland. Or the Rook Islands. Or an unnamed, failed Central African country.
Add to that list Trumbull County from State of Decay. A game with a real sense of place, that I will soon miss.