More Persona 5 screenshots. Taken during my exploration of the various open-world areas in the game.
The starting area of the game, Yogen-Jaya, is based on Sangen-Jaya (三軒茶屋), a station on the Den-en-toshi line of Tokyo. It is very much just one short main street and one alleyway. To be honest, the area felt really dreary on first impression, which I suppose was what the game intended. There is a battling cage here, as well as a sento. The overall feel is that of an aged, working class neighbourhood. Most teenagers would groan at the thought of living here.
Check out this great page on real-world Persona 5 locations!
Shujin Academy (秀尽学園高校)
Compared to Yongenjaya, Shujin Academy is huge with two buildings of three floors each. Students are everywhere and practically every door permits some sort of interaction. With all sorts of nasty rumours flying about, the school also has a heavy air of negativity. This is one school I would hate to be in. I really empathise with the protagonists for being stuck there.
Shibuya Station (渋谷駅)
The showpiece of Persona 5. It lives up to expectations in the sense it quite successfully projects that labyrinthine feeling of major Japanese train stations; I’m still trying to piece together how the various areas connect. Like Shujin Academy, almost every shopfront allows for some sort of interaction , although many brings on no more than a short comment. (This might change deeper into the game) My favourite areas here are undoubtedly Central Street and the Underground Mall. With a little imagination, it’s not hard to imagine myself actually shopping in Shibuya.
Check out my earlier post for more Persona 5 screenshots!
Update Apr 12: More Tokyo Locations!
There about 30 – 40 per cent into the game, I think. And more locations have opened up!
Several of these are date locations, where there would be cutscenes and talking and all that, but no roaming possibilities. They do still add to the overall venturing-all-over-Tokyo feel.
On the third screenshot. Shinjuku is accessible from the middle of the third mission onwards. With all the Yakuza activities involved in that mission, how could I not immediately think of Ryu ga Gotoku? Oh, how I wish Kiryu-no-Aniki pops up to kick away those pesky shadows in the third palace. (Would be a wonderful substory for him too.)
And the Yakuza series does make a cameo! The Japanese name, Ryu ga Gotoku, translates directly to “like a dragon.” Morgana’s subsequent comments of the movie completely describes the plot of Yakuza 1 too.
(If you’re wondering why this tribute, Atlus is currently a subsidiary of Sega Games. The latter acquired Atlus’ previous parent, Index Corporation, after Index declared bankruptcy. With P5 being a PlayStation exclusive and all that, little surprise Sega would take the chance to do some promotion for its most renowned PlayStation series. At least, that’s my guess!)