Being out of the loop for a year doesn't really strike me as all that long. I don't know what you've played, though. Are you just looking for stuff that came out in the last year? Here are some recommendations:
Tales of Graces f is the best Tales game we've gotten in a while, but I feel like it doesn't get any respect. I wonder what percentage of the people constantly whining about Vesperia PS3 actually played Graces f...because it's the better game.
Atelier Meruru - If you like these games then Meruru is probably the best of the bunch. Combat is much improved and having the three tiers of explorations, alchemy, and development is super-addictive. But if you don't like the style of these games it's probably not going to change your mind.
Kingdoms of Amalur - Reckoning will probably be remembered more for the quagmire of 38 Studios than anything else, but that aside it's a good game. A bit on the easy side, but it has fun combat, and interesting world, and lots of stuff to do.