The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Dawnguard (DLC)
Skyrim was one of the biggest games to come out last year, so the highly anticipated DLC Dawnguard has a lot of expectations to live up to. The game itself is massive, so the appearance of DLC begs the question of what more could fans possibly want to add to their new Elderscrolls experience. To spend more money on an already massive gaming experience the new add-on has to be worth it and the best news of all is that it really is.
What do I get and why do I want it?
Dawnguard offers players a whole new overarching quest line complete with 12 missions that can be taken from two different perspectives. The two factions of Dawnguard (vampire hunters) and Vampires also offer the player 9 faction side quests. Not only this, but there are also 4 additional quests unrelated to the Dawnguard story line. Along with this the expansion also builds on the Skyrim map by adding heaps of new locations, two of the more notable being huge and uniquely beautiful to the current game world. New creatures, weapons, characters, alchemy ingredients, armour, items and shouts make this money very well spent.
I would say this alone is reason enough to lay down your hard earned coin purse and pick up the DLC but Bethesda really pulled out all the stops on this one. Personally I only played through the vampire quest line and I can easily say that it offers the most fun I’ve had in Tamriel since the Dark Brotherhood quests of Oblivion. The quests are interesting and play well with heaps of variety offering something new and fresh to do in Skyrim. All of this is well supported by the aforementioned plethora of new powers and weapons in your arsenal to use against or for the creatures in the night.
Some of the cooler of these new powers are the skill trees to both supernatural forms Vampire Lord and Werewolf. Having been a werewolf in a previous save file I found that I rarely used the ability to turn unless it was for moving faster between locations. The addition of these skill trees make using the newly acquired forms more addictive and exciting as it’s with kills in these forms that allow you to level up and gain newer stronger powers. I also found the Vampire Lord ability very useful when overwhelmed by large groups of enemies that my stealthy archer couldn’t handle.
Now without giving away too much, one of the things I enjoyed most about this expansion is the addition of one of the best AI followers I’ve ever had the pleasure of questing with. Not only are they strong and useful but also their actions, speech and personality make them unique and instantly likeable. When traveling the world your new companion will make fairly accurate and entertaining commentary about what’s around you enhancing their character. When stopping to shop or smith in towns they would occupy themselves by taking a seat, using the grind stone, leaning over tables and just generally doing things to make them feel more alive. There’s been many a piece written about the soulless aspect of Skyrim and the addition of this character has done wonders to make the world feel more alive.
How much does it cost?
Dawnguard will set you back 1600 Microsoft points which is around $26.40 – with prices for PS3 and PC not yet confirmed.
- Great new quests
- Great new abilities/items
- Expansive locations
- Best in-game follower
- Replay value due to dual quest lines
- Can’t really play until level 10
- Lots to do in Skyrim without it
Conclusion – is it worth it?
If you haven’t worked out by now that I highly recommend this expansion let me wrap it all up for you; some may say it’s a bit pricy when you compare it to the cost of the main game but I feel like the fun I’ve had with this make it more than worth it. It really is a hefty amount of update for an expansion pack as Bethesda promised around 20 more hours of gameplay in Dawnguard. I’d argue that there’s a fair amount more, levelling up your supernatural abilities, finding the new items, enjoying the new locations and travelling with your new follower could easily triple the time promised and I feel this potential eclipses the price.
Written by Hope Corrigan