Choi. Gets slight nod over Athena due to damage potential.
Athena. Really close between those two.
Iori. Basically the Ryu of KOF, except even less change from game to game. Still a really scrubby beginners char. Not as retarded as 98 (only reason Iori isn’t banned like Duolon is that the 98 cast is overall stronger then the 03 cast)
Billy. Scrubby as well, but has a few more bad matchups.
Vanessa. Insane pressure game and priority.
After that, it gets murky- with personal preferences ruling. I feel the top 5 is pretty well set though. From 6-40 it’s pretty even though.
Only Choi and Athena are in the broken range to me, the other three are just high tier and somewhat scrubby, but beatable. Athena and Choi have a few tougher matchups- just wish counter-strats were more viable.
Actually, I’d say that she’s better in '02. The infinite’s no longer there, but by then, all of her normal attacks are in place, most importantly, the aforementioned reworked standing B (which is key in keeping grapplers at bay). Diamond Edge is much more useful now, in spite of being DM only. And, an overhead in the form of her HSDM doesn’t hurt, either (even though comboing it is the only way to guarantee it’ll connect otherwise).
The normals have the same speed between years as far as I can tell. As for Diamond Breath, the stun’s also the same.
Well, according to theory here, ramon is a rushdown character, with his huge strength being throws. This then, leads me to believe that he’s very strong in the rushdown game, so I’m not sure how he’d be weak in that area. But yeah, I do see how if the top 5 is chang, choi, athena, may and billy that ramon would have a poorer chance against them (since they’re all keep out characters).
No love for Orochi Chris? He’s got insane jump priority, a pretty good fireball, good ground normals, qcf+K, and the BC combo of destruction. Let somebody build meter for him and then let the kid come in and wreck shop.
Kof 2k2 is a pretty balanced game. There were some top tiers when the first year the game was released … but as of now, the tiers have slightly changed.
Reading most of the posts here in this thread makes me wonder if the people posting here are playing this game really hardcore you know.
For what I can tell : Kim, Yamazaki, Billy, Choi, Athena, Leona, Angel, Iori are at the top. Some say Andy is also ( but I havent seen a hardcore good Andy player yet so I cant tell ).