That is exactly why i loved it, absolutely spot on. It felt modern but at the same time slick and without unnecessary bling bling.
Currently i play Horizon 4 and while it looks, sounds and drives like a great arcade racer, it's so overblown with all sorts of stuff you can do, all sorts of rewards and bling bling, it's nauseating, really. It gives me ADHD plus a seizure just from taking all in.
I know right. When you look at NFS or The Crew's menus for example you have no idea where to start. It's a mess. There's like 5 different XP bars and currencies to keep track of (and half of them are microtransaction based). Then when you get to driving, the HUD is way too distracting in itself and you get reward popups every 5 seconds. It's infuriating.
Another reason why DC is special is the in house menu soundtracks. Not a lot of game do that anymore. It reminds me again of PS1 era NFS. When I'm done with DC and forgets about it, I can hear "Be Here Now" 10 years down the track and all the nostalgia will come flooding in. You just don't get that level of attachment with licensed soundtracks in most games.