Many modern Action-Adventure games focus on exploration in a decent way. It's just infortunate that RPGs fell off the wagon there for a while.
Don't you remember that there were a lot of developers saying in interviews and what not how their game had "RPG elements
"? Haven't heard that in a while now.
But now with the popularity of Xenoblade and FFXIII-2, it seems that developers are starting to get a clue again. Maybe we'll even see the return of the world map (shock!)Final Fantasy Type-0 has one...
and it came out last year.