I don't often play racing games, but of late I'm in the mood to pay one on my PC . The Need for Speed games have gone down the drain in terms of quality, with the notable exception of Hot Pursuit 2010 (which was excellent). Tried Need for Speed Rivals, and it turned out to be one highly annoying piece of crap due to its excessive focus on silly objectives (like jam x number of racers, wreck y number of cops etc.) rather than actual racing. I keep hearing names of titles like Blur and Split Second, but I don't know how good they are because I don't play racing games regularly.
I just want to play a fairly recent (released within the last 5 years) single-player racing game which is primarily focused on racing rather than useless objectives like in NFS Rivals. Car customization and performance upgrades are a welcome bonus, but its not really a deal-breaker for me if such options are unavailable. Please recommended some such racing games. Thank you.
P.S. Please don't recommend Forza, Gran Turismo or other console exclusives, because I'm exclusively a PC gamer, and haven't owned a console since the N64 days.