Let me help you, instead of posting you should be playing Persona 5. goodbye
I think that’s the best answer in the thread.
I like 5 Royal better than those listed, but FF7 Remake isn't too far behind it to me. My favorite jrpg of the ps4/5/Switch era is Dragon Quest 11 so far. I like Persona 3 and 4 both better than 5, but 5 is really fantastic minus a few of those annoyance like at night when you want to go out and Morgana tells you, you should go to bed.
Not going out at night is somewhat fixed in Royal, at least you can do something in cafe to raise social stats instead of just going to sleep.
The consensus for this one is in line with the critical reception, one of the best RPG's of all time! But personally, I thought of it as one of the more overrated games I played, an 8.5/10 at best. I remember really enjoying the first half, but the final 3rd of the game (minus a certain twist I guess) got boring that I found myself rolling my eyes over and over again and just wanted the game to end at some points lol. To each their own but it's how I felt unfortunately...
The game doesn't innovate much over the more innovative Persona 3 (having played and finished P3P, and only watched the P4 anime). The cast of characters in P3 was endearingly realistic with no cringe moments. And it had not one, not two, but THREE heartbreakers that are unforgettable, and a great ending. No power of friendship/love entirely saving the day bullshit, or cringey sympathy towards an asshole. I hope Persona 6 inherents some of what made P3 a special game.
In the end though, it's just my unpopular opinion.
Even though Persona 5 is my favorite out of 3,4,5, your points about 3 are exactly what makes me love this game so much despite its awful game design. I’ll say that in terms of story and characters 3 is the best one for sure. But if we rate overall package, I’ll say 5>3>>>4. But P5 only edges out if we take Royal version because the new dungeon story arc is the best part of the game.
As for the thread topic itself, I’ll answer simply - yes