The 2015 reboot came out noticeably Lighter and Softer compared to Rivals - which is to this point the darkest entry in the series.
The way UI is placed encourage you to pay the fine you incurred during police pursuit. It's nice to see the series that was mainly about speeding and breaking the rules actually pays respect to the law and real-world driving safety for once, even if it's only temporary.
The Outlaw story arc is quite noticeably the shortest one in the game, and the majority of the live-action scenes have the characters sternly point the dangers and just general stupidity of cop baiting for excitement.
Unlike previous underground-themed entries where edgy racers are vying against each other, here we see friends generally having fun.