Seriously, now, let's talk real stuff, and not "I don't like Cloud's hair, therefore, FF is inferior": SMT managed to screw every single damn final battle by turning all final bosses into overpowered Yu Yevons, so all the strategy factor that made the games fun for 40 hours are ignored and you have to grind like hell to resist a bunch of Almighty attacks; the narrative of FF, considered weeaboo-like and emo, by Megatennists, is nowhere as bad as "chosen guy can summon demons. World is screwed. Friends become evil. God is evil" plot. Seriously; not to mention how the whole dungeon crawling factor that makes the franchise "hardcore" is actually a dumbed down version of every other dungeon crawler ever; and the music, while good to listen, is not more original than rock + dubsteb + eletro.
Now, seriously, I love both, but open your eyes: what you consider a sacred hardcore dungeon crawler/Pokémon hybrid is no more than a good series, with flaws, just like FF, and that is all.
The oficial Loki and Demi-Fiend of the Shin Megami Tensei IV board.