Oblivion's character creation put me off more than Dark Elves.... Unmodded anyway and then it wasn't easy, at least until recently when Nuska released the Oblivion Character Overhaul and changed all the ugliness. It's an awesome mod, but it makes one wonder why Bethesda couldn't do it if one modder could.....much like many other mods for all their games really.Ailsa wrote:I actually like the Dark Elves, my issue is with the fact that Bethesda (even after excellent mods) manages to make the elven races look more Neanderthal than a supposedly highly evolved race of high intelligence should imho.
In Skyrim I use Ethereal Elven Overhaul also by Nuska and that at least makes them look a little less Neanderthal....it gets rid of the caveman brow ridges for the most part.
I don't necessarily think Elves in the TES games should look like LOTR Elves as that probably wouldn't fit the theme, but most Elves are usually portrayed in most games and literature as beautiful and more intelligent and evolved than other races. Of course you have evil elves and devolved variants but usually they are still intelligent, if not pleasant to look at. After all, even the lowest of Elven races are usually magic users and that requires a good degree of intelligence.
Bethesda makes them more common and even inferior to everything else, except for High Elves, and especially in Skyrim where none of the races are really different to others, except in appearance. In retrospect I think they should have named them anything but Elves and created completely new races, OR just stayed with their racial names, eg Dunmer, Altmer etc, instead of calling them Elves at all. Orcs in TES are Elves, or used to be, but if you didn't know that they could be a totally different race.
I'm not that interested in the Lore and history of the TES universe so perhaps there's a good reason for it, but there are a lot of games that have Elves so just changing their appearance and characteristics and still calling them Elves is not very creative really. But, that's just me.