Well, it was up to whichever game got nominated-- in which case, I have no clue how Wolf II won an award. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
It’s not the only terrible decision (Fallout 4 VR was a $60 re-release of a $60 game that locked all DLC and doesn’t even do the bare minimum to adapt the game to a VR playstyle leading to an exploitable, barely-functional busted mess of a game where even the vanilla content is falling apart at the seams). It just stood out to me as one of the more tasteless ones.
Siderant about Fallout 4 VR to get it out of my system:
Fallout 4 VR was right when I was dying for more killer apps. I really wanted to love Fallout 4 with how much I saw friends playing it despite how little I cared for the game, and I figured-- maybe VR would be enough. The red flags kept on showing up, but even until launch I retained hope that… hey, maybe it’ll be alright.
It wasn’t alright.
Watching the game utterly fall to pieces over three hours, entertaining as it was, really sucked. Even ignoring the locks on DLC, the common VR exploits of cha-cha-ing through locked doors and lockpicking by sticking your hand through a lock and opening from the other side… even as a basic game, it doesn’t function! The aiming barely works, the Pip-boy itself is completely broken, even WHEN it works you aren’t allowed to use it in the way you would hope, and it won’t be long before you clip yourself into some stupid situations.
The patches are mostly there to deal with the utter lack of QA, like when you get to that big setpiece with the power armor only to find that the minigun’s ammo counter isn’t even visible-- it’s clipping through the gun, and it’s not the only gun to have this kind of problem.
Its only saving grace is that it wasn’t as bad as Doom VR.
I’m all for smashing hi-tech regimes with stupid weapons, but we also got a Red Faction Guerrilla remaster this year… so I’m a bit spoiled for choice. It would have been nice if Bethesda at least tried with Wolf II, though.
My own Alt History vote went to Civilization VI. It’s hard to argue with your world head-canon shenanigans being some of the most surreal, convoluted, and entertaining worldbuilding around. Oh, and there’s Genocidal Warlord Gandhi. Can’t argue with that.