New screenshots and previews

We’re back with the latest batch of screenshots for Skyrim + new more hands-on impressions!

Giant Bomb - “That’s the biggest takeaway from three hours with Skyrim: the little details. Bethesda has spent decades building these games, and no one does it better.”

Totally Rad Show – Video feature with hands-on impressions.

Gamespot – Interview with Pete Hines

GamePro - ”I live in San Francisco now, but I have no less of an appreciation for actual snow, probably because I don’t have to deal with it anymore. Skyrim pushes all the right buttons in that regard–it’s a big, open, snowy world with fortresses, bandits and quaint little villages. If not for the mountains, it would be just like being home in Minnesota.”

IGN – “Bethesda has never failed to create believable worlds that draw us in with their majesty and beauty. Skyrim comes five years after the extraordinary Oblivion, it arrives in the wake of the very different Fallout 3. It’s been made during a golden age of this console generation’s declining years, a time when artists and programmers have become intimately involved with the technology at their disposal.”

Tor - “Skyrim has honed Elder Scrolls into the best high fantasy video game there is.”

GameSpy – “My three hours with Skyrim flew by almost instantly; the game is a complete time-sink in the best possible way. The world itself is so fully realized there’s no “correct” way to really play through the game unless you just want to critical path it, but I would highly recommend against such behaviors.”

Digital Trends – “Solitude is a city that sits midway up a mountain. It’s a port of call apparently, overlooking a large body of water. The city itself isn’t nestled into the mountain so much as it is laid out across a giant, flat bed of rock that extends at least a mile out over the water, creating a natural outdoor cavern undearneath. It’s a beautiful sight, and one that I hope will soon be awash with the blood of the innocent.”

Games Radar - Hands-on preview + 63 amazing things they saw

The Races and Faces of Skyrim

Long hair. Short hair. No hair. Dirty faces. Dirty beards. War Paint. Crazy eyes. Argonian eyes.

Like Bubba from Forrest Gump, we could go on for days talking about the different customization options you’ll have with Skyrim. But instead, we decided to share the preset options you’ll have when you start your adventure. Above is a sampling of choices you can make for the men and women of Skyrim… the Nords.

Check out the other nine races after the break (or by visiting our Flickr page).

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Press Event Recap (Updated)

As we continue to see new coverage from last week’s BFG event, we’ll continue update our recaps posted yesterday. Feel free to use this post as your portal to the latest updates, and while you’re at it, check out the screenshots we released online.

Update: Links have been updated as of 4/21 at 10:30 PM EST

RAGE website gets a makeover

Those that visit our RAGE homepage today will notice we’ve revamped the look and feel of the site. Be sure to bookmark the page, as we’ll be adding some nice features between now and the game’s launch (Sept. 13th in North America, Sept. 16th in Europe). And if you’re one of those hip kids, be sure to follow RAGE on the Facebooks and Tweeters.

We’ll also keep you in the loop here at Bethesda Blog. For now, check out the site, enjoy the screenshots above, and check out developer profiles for John Carmack, Tim Willits, and Matt Hooper.