I'd say they did it quite nicely before with the first Riders. Every now and then I still read comments asking why none of the actual Riders games didn't look like the character artwork or the Production I.G. opening cinematic. I'm very much in agreement with @Frostav though that the Sega that allowed the above to happen is of a bygone era. The stimulating creative flourishes from the wellspring that is Team Sonic Racing are what we have to contend with now for future Sonic racing games.