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Roland (Soldier) was quite awesome to me in the first game. I toyed around with the others ever-so-slightly, but didn't really stick with them. Roland held up very well on all fronts, both as SP and as a huge assist in multiplayer (Cauterizing while your friend charged in was amazingly effective).
I'm not big on all-sniper roles, or "Tanking"-focused, close ranged DPS characters, personally.