TGG says: "Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is one of the best game compilations of all-time as Digital Eclipse proves they are one of the best at what they do once again."
VGChartz's Evan Norris: "For video game collectors, 2022 was a special time. Early in the year Sony packaged together two beloved, critically-acclaimed Uncharted titles in Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, remastered for the PS5 and PC with improved visuals and framerate. Over the summer, Nintendo fans were treated to Portal: Companion Collection, which brought Portal and Portal 2 to Switch, with all the mind-bending puzzles, superior voice-acting, and darkly humorous storytelling that earned the series a legion of fans on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. Finally, video game preservationist Digital Eclipse turned in not one, but two remarkable anthologies, each with over a dozen games and an abundance of bonus features: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection and Atari 50: The Anniversary Collection.
But which of these won our inaugural award for Best Compilation?"
A review of Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration, developed by Digital Eclipse and published by Atari, on Xbox Series X.
Gamers have had plenty of retro compilations and collections come to consoles over the past few years, some of them mightily impressive, others incredibly lacklustre. While 2022 saw plenty of companies repackage old releases into pleasant nostalgia parcels, it also felt like the beginning of a new phase, with big names in the industry finally starting to realise the value — beyond the mere monetary — of investing in their history and letting talented developers present it with the care and attention it deserves.