A comparison of the same scene as per the original Persona 4 on PS2 versus that of the highly anticipated P4: The Golden to arrive on PSP Vita shows that the game has been practically redone from top to bottom.
Taking a look at the side-by-side comparison above, the environment looks nothing alike when getting into details – the patch of crops has been redone, made lighter likely as the renders are entirely fresh. The grassy land which previously surrounded the crop square is now all rocky and mountainous – some trees and shrubbery which are seen within Persona 4 are entirely absent in its revitalized Golden variant.
The power lines seen on PS2 are no more – and the oddly hued drab white sky has been replaced with an equally as color lacking, yet more realistic looking cloudy sky which seems as if its about to rain. The white stripe along the road has been brought back to life from its faded and hardly noticeable appearance on PS2. In respect to the road itself, it wasn’t simply made darker, but the actual texture for its model was redone to accommodate changes in gaming technology, such as increased polygons.
There’s of course also the usual color correction applied – contrast and brightness changed accordingly to provide a more appealing setting, not to mention, offer the most attractive aesthetics on a modern screen.
With this only being a tiny comparison of a single scene from a massive game, it certainly gives an idea of how much Atlus has been truly rebuilding and perfecting Persona 4: The Golden for its launch date of this coming June 14th.