I’m going through a bit of a character identity ‘crisis’ lately since I can’t seem to choose between Ken and Ryu. This isn’t a ‘pick my character thread’, it’s more a thread to distinguish between the benefits and drawbacks of these two characters. I generally find Ken more fun to play as just because he’s more flashy, but Ryu to me seems so much more solid. In fact, I’d go far as to say Ryu is just a straight up better character. Ryu’s low forward is better, his anti-airing is MILES better (seriously Capcom what is up with that), has a much better ultra game and his moves are more powerful/damaging. What does Ken have as advantage that Ryu doesn’t? Kara abilities I guess. A better mix up game. His full ultra 1 is beast though not nearly as reliable. I honestly can’t think of much more than that. A faster forward dash? Meh. And I hate that Ken’s tatsu combo has negligible advantage on hit, people either mash dp or throw, it’s a 50/50 situation, lame. Ryu on the other hand can combo into a hard knockdown sweep or knockdown via ex hadoken, lovely.
And yet if you look at recent aggregated tier lists people generally list Ken as higher than Ryu. How can this be? I want to use Ken but he just seems so soft and unreliable to me, yet recent tier lists appear to disagree with me. Am I missing something important about Ken? Ken players, teach me, tell me the ways!