Or, part of last year, because my memory doesn't go back that far.
Enslaved - Great character animation, particularly in the faces. May be the first time I've seen exasperation in a video game.
Mass Effect 2 - I felt manipulated into doing these character missions, to get the bennies and because the main story arc hadn't advanced yet, but then found myself sucked in despite myself and making hard choices along with the characters. I was sorry when it was over.
Inside a Star-Filled Sky - I'd been meaning to play this ever since I saw it at GDC, but didn't get around to it until December. Does things to your mind.
Desktop Dungeons - This exercises a part of my brain that I love to exercise. Flow. Happiness.
Deus Ex 3 - By combining Gears-of-Warish cover mechanics with stealth, it brings a new clarity to the stealth game that I haven't seen before.
Blueberry Garden - A very pleasant way to while away part of an afternoon.
Fruit Ninja Kinect - Pretty much the killer app for the kinect, IMO.
Little Alchemy - I mentioned that one in a previous post - my daughter and I kept coming back to it and have gotten close to finishing, although seems like they keep adding more stuff. (And they're fond of sixty second shooter, too - somebody over there topped our leaderboards.)
What about you? What were your highlights of last year?