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I've been lurking for a long time, reading through the entirety of QQing threads about different characters and after suffering through tons, TONS of butt-hurt about Raiden, I just had to make a topic.
Here are the facts: Raiden has 1 good super, his level 1. He builds AP at a decent clip (Nothing incredible, given the circumstances, more on that in a bit). He's got good speed and great mobility. Some of his combos are easy to do, particularly his aerial. However besides hit confirming into supers (and these are not easy to do against a decent player) he doesn't have much else going for him.
His level 2 will get you 3 guaranteed kills at most. It runs out quickly and it's easy to evade. His level 3 is even more worthless, much greater AP cost and it boils down to the same. Three (maybe) guaranteed kills and then runs out ridiculously fast. Not to mention that the characters are in boxes which forces him to waste time finding them.
Sure he has four ways to hit confirm into a super, but every single one requires the defending character be stationary and on the ground. Raiden has 1 decent aerial approach and that's his triangle dive kick, he has virtually no way of getting rid of traps, he has no projectiles. Drake, Ratchet, Jak, E.Cole and to a lesser extent Radec all give him a bad day, SPECIALLY anywhere they can hide under a platform.
If you want to evade 90% of Raiden's set ups and combos,seriously, just jump.
Oh yeah I used to have problems with Raiden, but now that I've learned how to deal with him it's fine. I just need to learn how to get around that counter when my friend plays him (spams the hell out of it)
It was funny today It was me (Nariko)and a PSN friend (Toro) against Raiden and Kratos. We got rid of Kratos but Raiden wound up being a slippery character and beat both of us. So we changed our characters for the next match to Jak and Jak and wound up fighting against the same Raiden and instead of Kratos he was with another Raiden. By the time we both had lvl 3s they only had lvl1s and they rage quit, lol.
I agree,I always think that if people see Raiden as over powered,it's either they don't know how too deal with him or they just run INTO his Level 1,which obviously can be stopped before used but he's right about his level 2 and level 3,they can't get more than 3-4 kills at average,though Raiden is more of a combo specialist,I mean Raiden's level 1 is possibly close-mid range in terms of range,I mean I've seen alot of Raiden's beaten some lost against some