Shift was so well regarded that its sequel dropped the NFS tag and EA had hopes of making it into its version of Forza or Gran Turismo.
You and me both. I remember playing Test Drive Unlimited on my 8800 GTS and having the time of my life. Put a decent amount of time into NFS Hot Pursuit and Burnout Paradise, too. Now all I wanna do is play American Truck Simulator and drive at the speed limit.
Anyways, I know the original Shift was pretty well-regarded when it came out. No idea about the sequel or the others.
It had a cockpit view that, frankly, as far as I know has never been duplicated as head movement is simulated.
Searching on Steam it looks like my thoughts might be late? I'm not seeing the Need for Speed titles I don't already own. (Minus the ones not getting delisted.)