My Experience With The Elder Scrolls Online Beta

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The Elder Scrolls Online Beta Weekend: February 28th-March 2nd

Elder Scrolls Online: First Impressions

Upon opening the game and beginning to create my own character, I was very pleased with the creation options and fluid interface. You will choose your race from among the same options as in Skyrim, and while I was initially disappointed by the lack of any new races, they made up for it by adding alliances and classes. If you purchase the Imperial Edition, you will also have access to the Imperial race and some other bonuses.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Redguard

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Elder Scrolls Online: Orc

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Elder Scrolls Online: Nord

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Elder Scrolls Online: Khajiit

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Elder Scrolls Online: Dark Elf

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Elder Scrolls Online: High Elf

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Elder Scrolls Online: Argonian

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Elder Scrolls Online: Breton

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Elder Scrolls Online: Wood Elf

Character customization options are thorough as is to be expected with modern MMOs, allowing you to change nearly every aspect of your character’s appearance and attributes. Based on your race you will belong to one of three alliances/factions: Aldmeri Dominion (Altmer, Bosmer, and Khajiit), the Daggerfall Covenant (Bretons, Redguards, and Orcs), or the Ebonheart Pact (Nords, Dunmer, and Argonians). Imperials can join any alliance. The three alliances are all fighting for exclusive control of Tamriel and the Elder Scrolls, and come into play mostly in the massively PvP area of Cyrodiil (more on that later). Your alliance also seems to effect which area you will begin your quest in. While you do not get to directly choose your faction other than choosing your race, you can choose your class. The current class choices were Dragonknight, Sorcerer, Nightblade, and Templar: aka warrior, mage, thief, and paladin, respectively.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Dragonknight

Elder Scrolls Online: Sorcerer

Elder Scrolls Online: Sorcerer

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Elder Scrolls Online: Nightblade

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Elder Scrolls Online: Templar

Your class choice affects your skill tree later in the game. Unlocking skill points as you level up or find Skyshards allows you to unlock skills related to your weapons, attacks associated with your class, crafting, armor, guild abilities, racial, world, and PvP. Skill points are shrewdly given, so having a multitude of options to spend that one point on resulted in many difficult decisions. You will really have to decide what is important and what can wait when assigning skills. Skills also level up as you use them, and once one has leveled up completely you will have the option to morph it into one of two more powerful skills (this was awesome).

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Elder Scrolls Online: Skill Tree

Skills and attacks are mapped to hotkey slots, but you only have 5 available at a time so once you’ve unlocked new attacks you will have to again make the tough decision of what stays and what goes. Some attacks will only work with a certain weapon type as well, so you may have to pause to change your hotkey attacks alongside changing weapons. This attempted melding of RPG elements with the new MMO world was a little awkward, and one of the only complaints I have with the gameplay. My first hour creating my character and getting used to the game was all I had expected and more, and got me excited for the rest to come.

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