As far as controllers go, I think the 360's controller is a much improved counterpart to its former model. Being easier to hold and memorize its button layout, the grooved back buttons is a nice idea. The d-pad is still a pain and the battery life obviously is annoying when you have to stop playing and change them every so often, but overall I'd say it's good controller.
Lost Odyssey, however, is one of the generation's early RPG titles that I only considered for a passing second. Looking at the game in video footage back then, the story sounded kind of interesting. The art style looked really bland though, and the way characters talked in the footage also filled my thoughts with dreariness.
I'm not sure you'd call it turn-based or semi-turn-based, but my favorite RPG from this generation is Eternal Sonata. In a much different way, this is an RPG brimming with life all around it. You can't step one foot in this world without being inspired. It's such a remarkable game, deserving a chest full of medals.
Star Ocean: The Last Hope is the only RPG I've played on that list, though. It too is fully worth exploring. The characters are all lovable and grow on you. It's like watching a soap opera, the more you see the scenes inside and outside of the ship. Some will even having you rolling in the aisles due to laughter.
Just picked up my copy of Kingdoms of Amalur. Been playing Skyrim since it's release date, so I'm ready for a new one. So far, I really like it, although it takes a bit of getting used to after the hours put in on Skyrim.
Playing Dragon's Dogma, which is absolutely amazing. Has to be the ballsiest game of the year.
Soon as a Game of the Year edition comes out for Dragon's Dogma I am definitely going to get it. It looks like a really cool game and I see that there's tons of dlc out for it as well as more dlc still planned for it.