Your right about that but i did play the first one a bit and i can appreciate it being just straight up jrpg combat.
I really like platformers like N, Mirrors Edge 2D and Fancy Pants Adventure. They all have a strong sense of weight to the physics which makes even just running around feel very elegant.
Also tower defense games of course like Onslaught 2, Bloons TD 4, Antbuster, Xeno Tactics, Gemcraft, Bubble Tanks TD and so on.
A good example a crude game is Ray part 1 and 2, which are CYOA games with South Park Creator looking characters were you play a hitman. In the end you get called faggot by the creator if you weren't violent enough.
Also games by some Japanese company called EyezMaze (picrel). I guess they are puzzle games, but the main appeal is just to watch the animations, which are very satisfying and elaborate even if you make wrong decisions.