The Alliance Alive
For me, 2018 was the year I discovered SaGa. Inspired by the likes of Octopath Traveler, I veered off the beaten path and finally dipped my toes into the Final Fantasy Legend series. Almost by coincidence, The Alliance Alive appeared. While it isn't literally connected to the SaGa series, it's heavily inspired by it for sure. What this means is, while this looks like a Final Fantasy game, it's full of more challenging systems, including stats that go up via use rather than experience. But beyond that, the world is intriguing, the characters are weird, and you never know what you're going to run into next.