I really love exploring small towns and I just can't get enough of it, especially Small Town, USA. I'm a total sucker for them. I'm talking about games like Silent Hill 2, Shatter Memories, or Alan Wake. I didn't like Bully overall but thinking about the charming town of Bullworth brings a smile to my face. Even a game like Gone Home, though you don't go out of the house, it felt like a home of a family in a small town and that was enough for me. I think it's one of the reasons I really like Life is Strange. It's also the reason I like a game like Shenmue, even though it's such a clunker.
Games like Max Payne, The Darkness, or Deus Ex: Human Revolution take place in cities but focusing on a tiny portion of it gives them that small town feel and I adored them for it.
Anyways, what's your "Austin and Mechs" or "Dan and Politics" when it comes to video games?