Wild Arms 3 is actually pretty damn good. I've also heard good things about Okage though it's combat still follows the same formula of RPGs
That's something I almost forgot. Yeah, the way the battle plays out is standard turned-based RPG battles. However, the way your character progresses is not. There are anti-grinding measures to the battle. The more you go up in levels, the less XP the enemies will give you, forcing you to advance the game to find enemies that will give you more XP. Don't expect to find a nice spot to camp out in and just boost your levels; not going to happen.