Well, this topic lasted longer than I had expected. Gonna elaborate on my OP.
So as I said, I like Dan. I even like how he plays. But mid-ranged characters like Drake who have a couple of close and long range options seem to fit me much better. So in the long run, I think I'll wind up using Drake, Evil Cole, and maybe Ratchet or Toro.
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Jak& Daxter are my absolute favorite playstation heroes, but he's pretty much all long range in this game. My playstyle for any fighting game is up close/ quick/evasive yet still damage dealing i.e. falco in ssb. Even though i've never played the games he's in, Parappa is probably my best bet. I also think it's weird how the only tank in this game is Big Daddy. I bet he's OP as hell.
I was able to play the latest version at EVO, so far I liked the characters that fits my playstyle.. Here's a list of characters that I like so far in this game:
Heihachi - I have some experience from the past Tekken games. Hand-to-Hand combat type with ground control games.
Sly - he is good on both ground and air mobility games.
Parappa - Close-range type, but really good at pressuring game.
That's all I know for now. But I'm still looking forward to playing Raiden, Jak and Daxter, Sir Dan, and most likely: Spike.
Note: Spike fits my playstyle because I'm used to playing a well-rounded type character with great tools like Mario in SSB series.
Jak is actually kind of a Mid range character, far as I can tell. Mostly short ranged projectiles. He has some really basic melee as well.
As for the Big Daddy thing, he's actually only one of 3 tanks. Sir Dan and Sweet Tooth fall under that same general category as far as I can tell as well.
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