Tough list indeed.
I doubt there are many players who use all six classes equally, and of course each player is going to decide based on his own criteria. We don’t all like the same things, we don’t handle things in the same way.
So here is my point of view, having played all classes to 60 and taking them to 70.
I’m also going to list them from least to most deadly, whatever that means. I’m assuming gameplay-wise, and not lore-wise.
I will also not give any credit to glitches and bugs. Just what each class can do legitimately, within the limitations of their own skills.
Please do not nitpick my opinion. Or do. I don’t care. I don’t like Nutella that much either.
This guy is alright. He’s a well balanced pet class. Maybe that’s where the problem is, as far as I’m concerned. I’m so balanced, it gets boring. Probably the reason his top gear thread got populated last, and nobody has taken over it for so long. He has no real synergy with anything. Lasers, you say? A single skill, which is also on a class mod, does not count. And leave Eddie and the Bulwark out, because anyone can equip them. I don’t mind Wilhelm, don’t get me wrong. But it feels like a generic, custom made vault hunter. His survivability is good, his damage output is not bad either, but that’s the thing. He does not sacrifice a little of something for a little of something else. He’s right down the middle. Sure, I don’t die a lot with him, but I don’t demolish enemies either. Power Fist will eventually get boring, not to mention lacking viable range.
I know there are some players playing as Wilhelm exclusively, and kudos to all of them, but I think they are missing out on an awful lot of what TPS has to offer. I do use Wilhelm, but for an equal amount of survivability, I get much more damage, anf fun, with the others.
From well balanced, we go to most specialized. A semi-pet class (cryo bloodwing sure, but it has no health bar) all for Sniping, Cryo, and Multiplayer, with a great crowd control action skill. That’s the gist of it. It is common knowledge that Aurelia is probably the worst when it comes to survivability. Still, she’s above Wilhelm, because if I can one shot pretty much any and every enemy in the game, I don’t mind being as fragile. Limited as I may be, I can still dish out a surprising amount of damage. Niche? Sure. Gimmicky? Sure. But hey, if one-shotting everything is not deadly, I don’t know what is.
Ah, Claptrap. Good times to be had. It’s weird that he is forth, but hey, it was weird he’s playable to begin with. Kinda tricky for beginners, but once you resign yourself to the fact that you’re three feet tall and nobody likes you, you can achieve anything. Sporting a more consistent high damage output that Aurelia, Claptrap may not be up there with her, but has much better survivability than her. Not to mention the action skill being much better in terms of damage and survivability. Most of the time, anyway. Damn you meat-unicycle.
Well, here’s the big one. Saying she’s balanced is just not right. Loved and hated by many, for the same reasons, Nisha is capable of phenomenal consistent damage output, paired with a very effective survivability skillset. I’m talking about L&O, in case you mistakenly think she’s just a glass canon. Sort of specific and one might say limited, but not to Aurelia’s extent, Nisha is pretty straightforward. Jakobs, Tombstone, Trickshot, The Unforgiven, and some other stuff. When your enemies are reduced to insignificant, short-lived red dots, you know you’re deadly as deadly can be.
I was not a fan at first, but hell. Holding two beautiful revolvers, with no time limits, that’s just fun. All the chaos, that’s just a bonus.
Getting higher on the list of badassitude, the Doppelganger was a sensation from day one. What a truly great skillset. Nevermind the superb voice acting and lines, let’s just talk about the skills. Jack has achieved something no other can: Every single piece of gear works. Torgue, Maliwan, Scav, Tediore, assault rifles, shields, grenade mods. Every single thing can be boosted to either satisfactory, or just mere epic levels, all the while having a massively effective action skill, and an impressive array of skills. Absolute Advantage, Leadership, Sponsored By, Money Is Power, Believe, Potential, Company Man, and many others. Jack is capable of massive damage, with pretty much anything, and can still survive a ton of abuse.
And there you have it. I think Athena is at the top of the list. Having survivability is nice, but when you take no damage at all, while being able to inflict massive damage, that’s just unbeatable. The action skill lasts for a good amount of time, and Maelstrom is regarded by many as the game’s best overall skill. Granted, she does not have as many impressive skills as Jack, but she has all she needs to make you feel like a badass. Plus being the perfect combination of a tank, and gun-melee hybrid. And she’s cute, too.