Time for the Killa Blog Game of the Year Awards again. I am sure everyone is thrilled.
I'll break up what was once an extremely long post in an effort to not frighten y'all. I'll do one category each post culminating in the Game of the Year award. As if it wasn't painfully obvious.
BEST NEW CHARCTER DESIGN: Juri (SSFIV)
There was a lot of controversy internally about last year's Best New Character Design winner, with a lot of dissent in favor of Rufus. I don't suppose this makes up for the snub, but Juri really stands out amongst her peers in the category.
Her Super counterpart Hakan is also a very fresh look for SF characters, but Juri far and away has the superior and more appealing design. FFXIII's gruff protagonist Lightning, BioShock 2's Subject Delta, and LoL's Miss Fortune were all candidates, but not quite up to snuff.
Juri Han is a malevolent bloodthirsty Korean girl with a ki boosing implant in her eye, which she uses to amp up her "Taekwondo". She has a ton of interesting normal attacks, a teleport counter, a focus-breaking dive kick, a custom combo ultra and, uh, oh yeah, she throws fireballs with her fucking feet.
This pic is from Boss Logic's Street Fighter X Tron series on Deviant Art.