I have been on this game non stop for the past month or so. I've played a few hundred hours and have spent only $5. It is a ton of fun. They are on pace to have the game downloaded two million times, so I guess it is successful (plenty of opponents are online). The netcode is fabulous - even many 3-bar matches feel good (5 bar being best). Overall, the game is a LOT easier for newbies to get into compared to Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which can be overwhelming for lower-skilled, early players. It's a great game.
To answer your question, in ranked mode, you can choose to only match up with people who's rank title is within two or three of your rank. Remember that rank has nothing to do with their XP level and stat booster points earned. So a REALLY good but kinda new Tekken Revolution player who has ranked up to level 8 (15 is the current max) will play players ranked 5 through 11 at default rank settings. He may only have 50 skill points because he is still new to the game, but his opponents may have 150 skill points (200 is max) so their characters are a lot stronger (Power stat boost) tougher (Endurance stat boost) and/or unleash criticals more often while getting into Rage mode earlier (Vigor stat boost).
These advantages help, but don't mean an auto-win for the higher stat opponent. Namco has applied the effectiveness of these boosts at a very low rate, and the upcoming patch will decrease their effectiveness even more. If you are having difficulty against a certain strategy or character, let me know and I'll post some tips since I'm pretty good at the game so far (mention which character you use).
The new patch comes early this week
The official website for Tekken Revolution has been recently updated with new information for an upcoming update for the free-to-play title on the 16th of July. The site lists multiple new additions such as Dragunov and Hwoarang being added to the roster, a "Warm-Up Space" mode, a PlayStation Store selection on the main menu which allows you to buy Premium Coins, "Reset Drinks," Costumes & Premium Effects as well as adding new difficulty levels to the Arcade mode and more.
- Arcade mode to have difficulty levels, depending on the setting; your AI opponent's stats may differ. You can gain better rewards by selecting a higher difficulty.
- Dan ranks limit have increased to 19th Dan (Savior).
- Lvl 60 is the new level limit.
- Critical Hits damage values has been altered.
- Rage damage values has been altered.
- Stat boost values have also been altered.
The patch is out in Japan/Europe and the stats have been found to have the following adjustment:
- Power points are -50% less effective than before
- Endurance points are -25% less effective than before
- Vigor points don't increase the crit rate as quickly as before; it is unclear if Rage activates earlier or later than before
200 remains the cap for skill points in any given category, but since you can now acquire 240 skill points, you have to spend the extra 40 in another stat if you already maxed out a single category. Lastly, an original Tekken character has been voted on to be added to the cast and was revealed at Comic Con. She's a female vampire and will have her own fighting style: