i think i can see where you’re coming from. i like and use both of them, but i’m sure my gen is better than my viper. they aren’t my main, (rufus is) but i’ll gladly use gen or viper for certain matches (sagat)
it depends what you’re looking for. if you a character that dishes out damage quick with ambiguous crossups and shit, then go with viper. but if footsies are your thing, then go for gen. they are a like in so many ways and different in so many ways.
how they are alike:
-trickery, both characters have a lot of tricks up their sleeve,
-back dash, both characters have a really good backdash
-shitty stamina, just dont get hit too much with these 2
-spotty command anti air: gens gekiro and vipers hp tk basically have the same properties. both loses to meaties and throws and takes a while for it to come out.
-armor breaking, both characters can fuck up focus attacks well. mk xx hands, c.mk xx thunder knuckle.
-matchups. they have very similar good and bad matchup. i think they belong in the same ranking.
how they’re different:
-normals/footsies: gens normals = solid, vipers normals = ass.
-stun power: viper is the queen of dizzing an opponent. gen can hit you a thousand times and you still wont be stunned.
-focus attacks: gens=one of the best in the game, vipers = one of the worst.
-wakeup/reversals: gens ex oga = almost universal solution to everything but usually just an escape move that doesn’t hurt the opponent. vipers wakeup/reversals = has a lot of them and very situational. however, you can almost always tag an ultra afterwards or at least another hit afterwards.
i like gen cuz hes chinese and he does kung fu. his design is based on one of them old chinese kung fu master in kung fu flicks. sure theres a lot of them in fighting games, but he was the first.
imo, i think gen is easier to play. i think viper takes a lot more execution than gen.