Contrary to popular belief, Pikimal is not just this crazy-awesome gaming site with arguably the most handsome writers to ever bang their fists against keyboards. While the Piki Geek offices are now separated from the Pikimal ones (I think they got sick of hearing the MvC2 menu music for eight hours a day), we’re all part of the same entity.
Pikimal, for those of you not already in-the-know, is a recently-launched decision tool based around the idea of helping you find the “best ______ for ______.” Now, that could be anything from the “best camera for bargain hunters” to the “best dinosaurs for riding.” I was joshin’ around with the Street Fighter 4 Piki earlier today because, well, I wanted to make sure it didn’t suck, when I entertained a thought I’ve had since the days of SF2. Who’s better, Ryu or Ken?
So, both the advantage and disadvantage of the Piki comparison tool is that it factors in only objectivity. Obviously, every player will form their own preferences based on “feel” and “opinion” and other subjective categories, but I’m a nerd, and I want stats, dammit.
So, off the bat, it seems like the two are pretty evenly matched, almost as if they were specifically designed to be rivals. Ken has as more solid Super, but Ryu’s a bit quicker on his toes. Interestingly enough, both characters have the same hit points, stun and dash frames, and pretty much fall in the dead average compared to the other characters. But after taking their tier position into account, Ryu narrowly squeezes ahead.
Tier lists are a highly-debated topic, not only because they’re constantly changing as the game evolves, but because they’re based on win/loss ratios generated by human matches. That being said, the numbers don’t lie. According to our data, Ryu beats Ken six out of ten times, and places just a bit higher in the overall ranking.
I knew it.
Anyway, definitely check out the Piki we’ve got for SSF4, and if you’ve got a minute, mess around with the sliders page to sort the characters by whatever tickles your fancy. It’s actually pretty damn cool. And remember, this is science.