Some of the latest news coming out of Bethesda has sadly focused on a questionable legal claim their lawyers made against Mojang, creators of Minecraft, about the title of their next game (Scrolls). That amusing, yet unfortunate situation however, does not detract from what will certainly be a contender for game of the year in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

10 days ago we posted a gallery showcasing screenshots for all of Skyrim’s playable races and today, Bethesda is helping us out by releasing a massive gallery of preset faces available for the ten playable races in Skyrim. There are a lot so if you’re looking to see just how improved the graphics are vs. Oblivion and Morrowind, read on.

Below you will find 10 images (click to enlarge) taken from the game’s face creator, one for each race, and each image featuring a total of 20 different preset variations of faces that can be chosen or used as a template. Like previous installments in the franchise, The Elder Scrolls V will allow players to completely customize how their characters look, from size of brow and thickness of nose to eye color and hairstyle. Again, this gallery just offers a look at the defaults the game offers to give an idea of what’s possible with the in-game character creator.

Take note of the variations of the Argonians. They look incredible:

Creating and naming a character in in-depth RPGs where players define their path and everything about their character is one of the more challenging and rewarding aspects of the genre. Even now, thinking ahead to November, I am unsure of what race to start with in Skyrim and what to name that character. But when I do, I’ll likely be found spending an enormous amount of time attempting to customize the look of my character to match exactly what I want that hero to look like as he travels through the northern most province of Tamriel.

What’s your favorite Elder Scrolls race and what character archetype do you plan to build in your quest to slay dragons?

If you’re as excited as we are for the sequel to Oblivion, be sure to check out the The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition details.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim releases November 11, 2011 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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