Another week, another lesson in gaming history.

October 2

-Castlevania: Symphony of the Night came out on the OG PlayStation 20 years ago. This was the first Castlevania game I ever played and it still stands out as the best of the series for me. The nonlinear level design (putting the "vania" in Metroidvania) and incredible Gothic aesthetic have shaped my tastes in gaming and other media ever since.

-NBA 2K8 hopped on the court 10 years ago. The NBA 2K games are some of the only sports games I enjoy, largely because my brother is a baller and imparted some of the love for the game to me. I threw this one on here just because it's crazy that 2K is still pumping these games out with such high quality.

-Resident Evil 6 came out five years ago, and it's worth thinking about that in light of the Rezi game we got this year. Resident Evil 7 is a Southern backwoods horror experience that reached back to the series' survival horror roots, while also spicing things up by shifting the game to a first person experience. I'm not a fan of the more action-oriented Resident Evils. They've always felt stiff. It's nice to see the series return to its roots.

-Remember Rage? That iD game that came out six years ago? Yeah, most people don't. It scored pretty highly with critics, but I honestly can't remember the last time I thought about this game. It sure was pretty. And, oh yeah, John Goodman was in it?

October 4

-13 years ago Tony Hawk's Underground 2 came out and consumed so much of my fall. Those songs are still burned into my mind. I'm pretty sure I learned everything I know about skateboarding from this game.

-Dark Souls came out six years ago to punish us all. I remember walking into my friend's dorm room and wondering why anyone would ever want to put themselves through that much punishment. Fast forward six years and I've played every single Dark Souls game and Bloodborne. From Software did something right.

October 5

-Celebrating its seventh anniversary, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West remains a fascinating game. It was a colorful vision of a post-apocalyptic world that still features some of the best performances in gaming, namely from Mr. Andy Serkis. This was the first game in which I remember noticing how good the facial and performance capture was. That technology is dated by today's standards but it's still a game I encourage everyone to play.

October 6

-Demon's Souls released in America eight years ago. This is one of those games that "real Gamers" (with a capital G) love to throw out as a test of your gaming prowess. I still haven't played it and, between current game releases and all the condescending comments I get from fans, I don't know if I ever will.

-I'm a huge Harmonix fan, so when Rock Band 4 came out two years ago I was ready to fall back in love with the music game genre. And I did...sort of. The mechanics were there and the joy of banging away on plastic instruments with your friends will never get old. Unfortunately, the tracklist was one of the worst in a Harmonix game, offering a variety of genres with none of the hits. Luckily I had a back catalog of downloaded songs to make up for it, but it was still a disappointment.

October 7

-Viewtiful Joe, which came out 14 years ago on Gamecube and PlayStation 2, is a weird game. Yeah, it's a sidescroller but there's so much more going on. Joe can manipulate the screen using VFX powers, which use camera tricks from film to change the game in strange ways. It's an odd little gem that represents the zaniness of that era.

October 8

-Believe it or not, Mortal Kombat launched into arcades 25 years ago. Somehow this bloody, absurd franchise keeps on keepin' on, weathering some lackluster entries and a so-good-its-bad movie. As ne of the veteran fighting game franchises in the industry, Mortal Kombat has seen competitors come and go, but it still remains one of the most viscerally satisfying fighting games out there.

-XCOM: Enemy Unknown came out five years ago, impressing everyone with its top notch turn-based combat. I'm not a fan of turn-based combat, but even I have to admit how well designed this game - and its sequels - are. The fact that the developers can add DLC and not upset the balance of this tightly designed game is impressive to say the least.

-Four years ago, Beyond: Two Souls came out and all my hopes and dreams for the game were shattered. Based on the cast alone I was excited, but as a huge fan of Heavy Rain's choice-based narrative, I was ready for a story that would captivate me. Unfortunately, I got very few important choices, a series of disjointed scenes, and poorly written characters. Ellen Page gave it her all but even she couldn't save David Cage from himself.

Obviously I've cherry-picked certain major releases or quirky titles from this week's gaming history. That doesn't mean these are the only good games that came out this week. What are your favorite releases from this week in gaming history? Sound off in the comments and let me know.