I used to prefer original killers as their powers felt more fun and unique, but lately I feel like licensed killers are getting their power design properly done, while new original killers powers are kinda meh.
I've generally preferred Original Killers.
Well, untill we get Chucky and Jason i prefer licensed haha
Original. Changes and restrictions to licensed characters has always been discouraging to me. Recent Demo and Pinhead changes/revelations put the nail in that one
Original. They are more inclusive, you can know everything there is to know about them just by playing the game.
The licensed killers are usually more fun to me. And they have the added benefit of people iconic characters that I already liked.
I like licensed killers when they pay a lot of homages to their source material - Nemesis having zombies is something I was very surprised but also very happy to see. They might be buggy and inconsistant but the fact that they included them because it's Resident Evil was great.
Same with Pinhead - everyone always wondered what would his power be if he was added and I have to say what they came up with is pretty good. Could be better, but it's clear there was a lot of thought and passion put into it
Old Freddy was also an example of this - he was very accurate to the source material even if his power was... I won't say weak, but let's call it imbalanced. New Freddy's power is much better in terms of meta but...It's boring. He's Demogorgon without Shred or Clown with a gen teleport. Uninspired.
Myers is the gold standard though. He may be on the weaker side but his power is incredibly fun to use and go against.
My problem with original killers is when the developers make powers for characters that are bland or, once again, uninspired. Legion is 100% the biggest offender here. I love their design, their backstory and all of that but their power is just quickly injuring people and having good tracking. That's it.