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I play 8 different characters actively(All atleast 300+), I have put a lot of time into this game and these are my opinions on how well character's overall standing is, I believe my opinion is unbiased because I play a variety of characters to face people with different approaches to avoid natural counters.
The next list is a tier of how often I run into characters, don't need to explain that part.
How good the characters are or how well people are playing them at this point in time.
God Tier Kratos Sackboy
Great Evil Cole Drake Dante Radec Sly
Good Sir Daniel Fortesque Radien Good Cole Fat Princess Nariko Jak Ratchet
Decent Sweet Tooth Toro Heihachi Mishima PaRappa Big Daddy
Not so great Spike
How often these characters are played.
Over Used Odds of running into one in a match: Almost always. Kratos Sackboy Dante
Very Common Odds of running into one in a match: Very good chance. Raiden Evil Cole Good Cole Sly
Common Odds of running into one in a match: Decent Ratchet Drake Heihachi
Uncommon Odds of running into one in a match: Every once in awhile. Toro Sweet Tooth Radec Nariko Sir Daniel
Rare Odds of running into one in a match: Not very often. PaRappa Big Daddy Jak
Very Rare Odds of running into one in a match: Almost never. Sweet Tooth Spike
i dunno if i agree w Kratos as God tier...ive kicked many a kratos ass....
dat Sack tho..... --------------------------------------- also you listed sweet tooth twice in your second tier....
elsewise i agree totally with both
It's obvious when you run into people who are fairly new to the game, I didn't take into account every Kratos I ran into when I put him at God Tier. Everyone can play Kratos good not everyone has truely mastered him.
anyways imo the standout is radec. hes too high imo. i think radec is pretty weak in range, and you can jump over his shots. also the stage factors in too much, some stages radec is just useless feeling. the more flat and large the stage is, the better, generally.