The Elder Scrolls Online: Crafting the Perfect MMO

The Escapist Staff | 14 Feb 2014 10:00
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Charter Creation (Dan O'Halloren, Escapist Senior Editor)

Character creation in RPGs have a high standard to live up to. Some players get very picky about what they want their character look like and will spend hours with the sliders and color charts. Others just want to hit the "Randomize Appearance" button and get into the game, but still care that their avatar looks the part of the mighty adventurer. Fortunately, Elder Scrolls Online is built for both.

For those that want to spend the time, you can adjust many fine aspects of head shape, nose height, tattoo color and more. For others, a few hits on the random button generally yields a badass character ready for battle.

The first thing to decide is what race you want to play. All races can play all four classes, so no worries there, but the nine races are divided into three and each group assigned to one of three factions. So if you want to play with your friends, make sure to choose a race that is in the same faction.

Then you can choose gender and class. The classes are Dragonknight, Sorcerer, Nightblade and Tempest. Each one has three different skill trees they can focus on that gives them different. Once nice thing about the character creation UI is that it shows your avatar not only in the basic armor (novice), but also in raid level gear (veteran) so you know what you are striving for.

After you pick a class, choose a name and you're ready to enter the world. This is the one place where the character creation process falls down for me. I would have loved to have an option to have a name randomly assigned based on race choice. Not everyone knows the naming conventions of all nine Tamriel races, but I bet the devs do and it would be great if they could help the players at this point. Otherwise, the game will end up with another set of dark elfs who found a way around the name filter for Drizzt.

If you want to see character creation from ESO in action, check out the video embedded below. In it I show every race in heavy, medium and light armor, both novice and veteran gear. I also show randomized appearances for each race, both male and female, so you can see the kind of range each race has in individual looks.

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