Previewing The Elder Scrolls Online: Massively goes to Tamriel

Have you heard that rumbling in the air over the last few months? That was the sound of millions of gamers grinding their teeth over The Elder Scrolls Online's unwavering NDA, a sound that grew ever louder as the game announced controversial preorder bonuses last month and passed the two-months-from-launch mark earlier this week. Fortunately for your dental health, that NDA is at least partly coming down today. The gaming press was invited to play a limited portion of the game last weekend, and though our readers are still under NDA, we're finally not, so at last we can pass along our experiences!

Today, we present to you our impressions of last weekend's preview event and the beta so far. We've got videos on character creation, thoughts on the starting zones and storytelling, guides to skill progression and racial perks, and an overview of the state of the game from an MMO player who isn't already a nut for the series. Enjoy!
The Elder Scrolls Online beta is absolutely nothing special
Eliot posts his general impressions of ESO as an MMORPG fan with no Elder Scrolls baggage.
A guide to character creation in The Elder Scrolls Online
Larry tackles ESO's robust character creation with an in-depth video. Butt sliders included.
A guide to skill progression in The Elder Scrolls Online
Matt investigates ESO's skills and character progression in the noble pursuit of battlemagery.
What do The Elder Scrolls Online's racial abilities mean for endgame?
Larry explores just how annoyed we should be about the Imperial Edition's perks.
Starting out in The Elder Scrolls Online: Coldharbour and Stros M'Kai
Matthew treks through the tutorial and Daggerfall Covenant zones.
Starting out in The Elder Scrolls Online: Bleakrock Isle and Khenarthi's Roost
Matt scopes out the early areas of ESO's Ebonheart Pact and Aldmeri Dominion factions.
Tamriel Infinium: Story and character in The Elder Scrolls Online
Larry considers the quality of ESO's pivotal players and introductory story.
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Elder Scrolls Online: The first 15 levels

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