It's decent. RYNO is better value if you can get setups for it, but sometimes you can't and it's nice to have another option. This also lets you be less obvious in 1v1. --- http://terosclassicgaming.blogspot.com/ - Watch me beat "GEN Alien Soldier" http://www.backloggery.com/tero - My backloggery
I find that if you're in the zone and are earning AP and kicking ass and the lv. 1 just isn't there, you're better off doing what you're doing than stop gaining AP and trying to force the lv. 1. This applies to a lv. 2 as well unless you're lv. 3 is geniunely worse than your lv. 2 or you're running out of time.
This even applies with Sly and Raiden. The only exception is probably Sweet Tooth because his lv.2 is unusable ass. --- Sanity is a one trick pony, all you get with it is rational thought, but with crazy the sky's the limit.