though, i wonder why did they include that truck explosion at the end - seems that 'lately' simple driving & nice looking cars/environment aren't good enough anymore, so they tend to throw in all kinds of nonsense supposedly to 'enrich' the gaming experience (like fighting/explosions/destruction, parties/mansions and so on), which imo mostly diminishes the experience through additional (useless and often underdeveloped) clutter - driving games should stick to the basics, improving visuals, gameplay, diversity (tracks, cars, environment), mods/editors, randomizing options and focusing on two main driving modes: competitive driving and 'cruising' (driving just for pleasure)
i am also of the type who prefers a superior gameplay rather than an over the top graphics experience but there are much more people out there who play casually for a couple of days and enjoying the graphics , than the minority enthusiast gamer who prefers a good solid gameplay as his first priority .
yup , good graphics are certainly a big plus to a good gameplay . Dirt 2 certainly had good gameplay along with very good graphics . best example in recent memory which prefers graphics to gameplay and hence being disaster of a game would be Sniper Ghost warrior . Decent graphics , but an absolute joke of a game with rubbish gameplay and AI being as dumb as a rock .