Ok, we realize that a lot of people feel Persona 3 has better story and characters. However Persona 3 does not feel vastly superior to 4 in my opinion (even the main characters in both games are emotionless husks). I think both games have become overhyped due to the fanbases of each.
When it comes to story and characters, Persona 2 IS and EP trump both.
I don't know why people bash Persona 4 and glorify Persona 3. Both games have become VERY overrated (for lack of a better word).
But p3 has more plausibility for its attention. P4 has awesome hame mechs and extras. But p3 has a deeper story than p4. Cant say much about p2 since I never cleared it
Persona 3 is definitely a good game. However being released 3 times, having a manga spin off, a non canonical anime spin off, a movie, and having characters/references in Persona 4 Arena makes the game as big of a whore as Persona 4.
Also, even if Persona 3 is better, it is not SOOOOOOO much better like a lot of people here are saying.
The Persona 2 games still beat both despite not becoming spin off whores.