I'm just trying to understand the title of this Topic. Raiden 2012? Who will he be running against, Big Boss? Will his face be plastered on Gatorade bottles?
(Seriously, though. It seems as though the creater of this column just wants statistics, couldn't he have started an online poll and left a link in the forum?)
Raiden's Lvl 2 is fine. It can be avoided, as he can usually get about two slashes in before before the stun decays, so depending on your position or how dumb the player is, you can be fine. He's still at the same speed when he's not in that super, so if you have ways to stay out of his way, you're golden.
What I hate about Raiden is that he has the only grab that can crumple. He takes your AP and gets a free combo to gain more? Even the guys who disagree in saying that Raiden is OP gotta admit that that's really lame. And considering that dodge rolls aren't immune to grabs, "learn to dodge roll" isn't a viable defence for your precious investment.
Also, if we're gonna bring Kratos into the conversation, make his AP gain for his forward-square from 30 to 20. Something that can easily hit unsuspecting foes shouldn't be that rewarding.
Well on the other hand, his grabs don't seem to get as much AP as the rest of the cast. I'm not entirely sure because I've never tested, but whenever I grab people in their level 2's, it doesn't seem to make much of a dent to their bar.
edit: nevermind he gets the most lol. I guess maybe it's because I only ever grab sackboy and his AP total is lower than normal.