I did play through Persona 5 and I really did love it, but did have some major gripes with it. Whether it be Mementos' tediousness, Morgana's annoying sleep schedule, or undeveloped character relationships, these problems have ALL been fixed in Persona 5 Royal. The base game is just as brilliant as before, but with all the graphical, gameplay, and musical benefits of a new game. The new characters - Jose, Yoshizawa, and Dr. Maruki - are great additional characters and with added depth to Akechi, the game feels even more full and brilliant than before. The extra story in the end is a little tagged on (similar to a Toy Story 4), but there are still twists and turns that will keep you engaged with all the characters you love. Persona 5 Royal is the perfect way to do an ultimate version and the base game alone will keep you engaged and growing with the Phantom Thieves.