I have just decided to use Viper as an alt, maybe eventually making her my main. I’ve been practicing all the execution and timing, reading the forums and when my Hori gets fixed up I’ll be ready to compete.
So far, the obvious similarities between Viper and Dictator (my main) revolve around strong crossups and fast/elusive movement skills. I believe Viper has a stronger crossup/mixup game while Dictator is quicker and more difficult to pin down.
The main difference I think I’ll need to get used to is Viper’s wakeup game and footsies.
From what I can tell, she doesn’t have a strong set of ‘step-the-fuck-off-me’ moves while Dictator has EX-Psycho Crusher, EX-Devil’s Reverse and a teleport. Viper has EX BK, EX Seismo and… backdash.
In terms of footsies, Dictator has a strong advantage with cr.lk, s.mk, s.hk. As a result, I think Viper relies more on specials and landing heavy combos.
I’d enjoy reading some feedback from Viper aficionados and their transitions from other characters in SF4 and other characters in Street Fighter games to Viper.
Personally, I’m interested in the similarities/differences that will come into play as a Dictator/Viper player but I think learning from other transitions will be useful for all Viper players.
Viper seems to require a more flexible, fluid mindset from the player, more than the usual X-COPY routine.