State of Decay recreates the idealized rural American atmosphere with great attention to detail and I fell for it.
GTA San Andreas had some really spectacular moments like driving into San Fierro from the east (I didn't even know there was more than one city at the time), crossing over the Golden Gate-like bridge, flying over the Hoover-like dam or to the top of Mt. Chillad. GTA 4 and 5 are more advanced graphically but lack the serene atmosphere. On the other hand maybe I've just gotten harder to impress.