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Post by Dan @ 11:40am 15/08/11 | 31 Comments
Following the first exclusive hands-on with Skyrim during Quakecon (of which AusGamers was graciously included), Bethesda have released the promised screenshots of the player-characters created by the various publications during their one-hour session with the game.

The previous trailers and screenshots have thus far all featured the same Nordic character, but the Elder Scrolls games are all about player choice and Skryim of course has the expected array of races on offer including Nord, Redguard, Argonian, Khajit, Bosmer, Dunmer, Imperial and Orc.

Unfortunately Steve is currently in transit (yes, yet again) -- headed to GamesCom 2011 in Cologne, Germany -- so we haven't gotten a hold of his character snapshot yet, but check out this assortment of the various races in our Skyrim screenshot gallery.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is due on November 11th 2011 for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.






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Nerfy
Posted 12:39pm 15/8/11
Also, a comparison of faces between Skyrim, Oblivion, & Morrowind:
greazy
Posted 12:47pm 15/8/11
I saw that picture on reddit, I don't understand the point of it. You're comparing a game that was released 5 years ago to a game that's still in development and you know what I bet those aren't screenshots but damned pre-rendered bulls***.
ravn0s
Posted 01:10pm 15/8/11
heh some of those morrowind faces looked better than their oblivion counterpart.
Nerfy
Posted 01:43pm 15/8/11
I saw that picture on reddit, I don't understand the point of it.

To see how far we've come, and how the designs of the races have changed? Plus it's just damn cool. :D

heh some of those morrowind faces looked better than their oblivion counterpart.

Hehe yeah, the extra shading detail in the textures makes them look a fair bit better imo, plus oblivion has oddly squishy-looking & round faces.
Mosfxx
Posted 04:17pm 15/8/11
Oh look a Green Orc +1 for diversity.
Nerfy
Posted 04:25pm 15/8/11
Oh look a Green Orc +1 for diversity.

It is lame and repetitive within the genre, but I think that the title was referring to diversity within the game's world. :p

Also, anybody else unable to tell which are the imperials, brennen (sp?), nords, think that the dunmer and wood elves look the same now, and noticing a lack of gold elves?
orbitor
Posted 04:30pm 15/8/11
heh some of those morrowind faces looked better than their oblivion counterpart.


I reckon it's to do with the uncanny valley.
Ivonin
Posted 04:58pm 15/8/11
heh some of those morrowind faces looked better than their oblivion counterpart.


Was thinking the same thing.
Khel
Posted 05:01pm 15/8/11
I reckon it's to do with the uncanny valley.


I reckon its to do with the Oblivion ones looking a bit s***. Its like someone got carried away with seeing how round they could make all the faces.
demon
Posted 05:05pm 15/8/11
the argonian (lizard) looks better in morrowind imo. the oblivion one is lame. the skyrim one looks cool.
DM
Posted 05:07pm 15/8/11
I'm so going Argonian. That or Kahjit (spelling?) as they are clearly the best 2 looking races.
Midda
Posted 05:17pm 15/8/11
and you know what I bet those aren't screenshots but damned pre-rendered bulls***.

I highly doubt it, they're pretty s*** if they're pre-rendered. But this is Bethesda, they're not exactly known for their amazing art.

I reckon it's to do with the uncanny valley.

No, the Oblivion characters just look awful.
Ivonin
Posted 05:30pm 15/8/11
I want to see a Daggerfall comparison tacked onto it. (You could get their boobies out!) ... ahem.
orbitor
Posted 05:33pm 15/8/11
I reckon its to do with the Oblivion ones looking a bit s***. Its like someone got carried away with seeing how round they could make all the faces.


heh, probably. but the oblivion ones look like they're trying to be realistic (and failing badly) while the morrowind ones look like cartoon representations.
Nerfy
Posted 05:59pm 15/8/11
You may have a point orbitor - the humans in Oblivion do perhaps look more 'realistic' (though with really bad expressions and odd puffiness/brightness - failing at it as you say), while the other two generations are perhaps more stylized. Though I think that it was the non-human species which people meant looked much cooler in Morrowind than Oblivion.
The-Makkaan
Posted 04:40am 16/8/11
Always liked Oblivion back in the day, but I dunno maybe its just me, but I always felt lonely in the game, think would be a awsome coop game, not a MMORPG of course but be pretty cool if you could maybe coop up with 3 or 4 of your friends abit like borderlands. Just me I guess
Nerfy
Posted 09:38pm 17/8/11
Skyrim won't use GFWL apparently. I just finally got it working by changing OS too. ^_^
Posipi4
Posted 10:20pm 18/8/11
where is the next eGames expo this year? o.O
Ivonin
Posted 10:59am 20/8/11
As in EBGames? Or what?
3dee
Posted 01:54pm 20/8/11
To be honest, the new models make them look a lot more realistic.

Morrowing is rather obvious but Oblivion's faces look sorta bloated and squishy. The Khajiit and Argonian beast races in Skyrim almost look more sentient like they actually are, instead of cartoony lizards and cats.

I must admit, going purely off those screenshots, the Wood Elves look a little more "gritty" than we're used to but that's probably just one specific customisation of the Wood Elves.
BladeRunner
Posted 07:50pm 21/8/11
I don't see how Morrowind's models look better than oblivion's. Sure they looks a bit plump but it was a step in the right direction. Unless you wanted Morrowind's models and just upgraded textures put on them in oblivion. As for Skyrim.....fraking amazing....DO WANT.
fpot
Posted 07:53pm 21/8/11
They have more personality the Morrowind ones. Of course, 'personality' is about a subjective trait as you can get, so your results may vary.
BladeRunner
Posted 06:06am 22/8/11
I can see that they look....more like they are meant to be in Morrowind if that's what you mean, Not as plump and rounded. In Skyrim they look like the absolute definition of their races. I could not have imagined them better myself.
Tanaka Khan
Posted 11:28am 22/8/11
I can see me locking myself away for a solid week when this game hits the shelves. It's gonna be cool!
Dazhel
Posted 12:36pm 22/8/11
Morrowing


Gah! I'm glad I'm not the only one that does this. Every single time!
3dee
Posted 01:54pm 22/8/11
Morrowing

OMG I actually literally just typed that without even thinking. F***.
Nerfy
Posted 07:16pm 22/8/11
You guys are sick. Morrowind 4eva.
DM
Posted 07:39pm 22/8/11
I found an awesome way to play morrowind but It caused me to be a god damn thief. When you are indoors in say, a weapon shop, you could steal any item you wanted (within grabbing range) but jumping and hitting the roof. When your head hits the roof there is a small pause where I guess it think you are floating and so if you take something during that moment no one accuses you of stealing. Just don't sell the stuff back to them or talk to guards when you have stolen s*** or your in trouble.
Dazhel
Posted 07:55pm 22/8/11
Stop right there, levitating scum!
Mantorok
Posted 08:07pm 22/8/11
I would just kill an Ordinator in Vivec, loot the body, and drop the loot on the ground. You could pay the fine, then grab the loot and sell it for a tidy profit.
skythra
Posted 09:28pm 22/8/11
It was impossible to have even a vaguely plain looking face in oblivion. Every face looked like they'd hit every branch when falling off the ugly tree.

I spent more in that game, then any other game, creating a character. Folly. Every character purposely looks awful. Thankfully you cover it with a helmet very quickly.
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