Most people focus on the soundtrack and graphics for understandable reasons, but do any other racing games manage the level of simple yet effective story telling and "cinematography" this one does?
>Race results and the number of tries it took you to win change the dialog you get between races
>Has an actual plot on top of "you becoming the best racer"
>Courses are colorful and perfectly lit for dramatic effect, with moving set pieces like helicopters and airplanes
>Replays have the perfect camera angles to always look exciting