There’s a part of me that wants to see Platinum Games make a character action game based on Modern Family.
I’m not just saying that because Platinum makes some of the best games around. Nor am I saying it just because I started watching Modern Family (reruns, mostly) semi-recently. It comes from an honest belief that the show utilizes its characters much better than I would have guessed. We’re talking about a cast of eleven -- a full dozen once new kid Joe starts talking -- with episodes that feature as many as five plots running simultaneously. It’s consistently funny, and that’s largely because it follows the golden rule: characters create opportunities. Plus it can get pretty freaking absurd.
So yes, I want to see more of them, and I think that it’d be nuts to see what Platinum could do for them. Yeah, Modern Family’s not exactly fight-intensive, but imagining the possibilities puts a smile on my face. What if Phil had to stave off an attack from lonely magicians with trapeze skills? What if Jay did sick dog combos to be graded Pure Platinum by a panel of judges? What if Cam had a Devil Trigger that turned him into his clown persona? I could go on, but the point is that there’s so much that can be done with characters -- and whether they’re given the Platinum touch or not, the guys behind Modern Family have done enough. They get the importance of good characters.
Squeenix, however, does not.