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The massive world of the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim got even
bigger recently with the addition of the anticipated Dawnguard DLC. Does the $20 entry fee provide enough new
content to further fill the already content filled game? I think so, and heres
Dawnguard adds a fairly large new quest line named, you
guessed it - Dawnguard. Vampire attacks are on the rise and in response an
ancient order of vampire slayers have rebuilt to combat them. Players join the
elite Dawnguard to fight the growing menace, but things quickly become more
dire than just random vampire attacks. After players rescue an important
vampire lord possessing an Elder Scroll you have a big choice to make, join the
vampires in their quest to blot out the sun, or continue on with the Dawnguard
and stop them at all costs.
Doing all the quests for one faction will take you at least
four or five hours, however players will want to experience the quest line from
the opposite perspective on another character to get all their money's worth.
In addition to more quests, new weapons, spells, armor and dragon shouts are
added as well. The most visible addition
is the crossbow, which allows players to pack an even bigger punch at range.
All the archery perks apply for the crossbow, so ranged assassins need not
worry about starting from scratch with the new weapon.
By far the DLC's biggest selling point though is the new
vampire form and perk trees for both vampire and werewolves. The new vampire
form transforms the player into a grotesque winged monster, wielding a drain
life spell in one hand and a raise dead in the other. Previously playing as the
clumsy and weak werewolf was for all intents and purposes useless. This DLC
however adds a little more bark to the werewolf's bite. Now while earning kills
either in werewolf or vampire forms players can upgrade the performance of
their alternate forms, opening up a whole new avenue for combat. Transforming
still takes far too long to be practical in the middle of combat, but if done
before hand can be a legitimate plan of attack.
All in all, the Dawnguard DLC is a well put together package
that adds enough content to justify the $20 investment, that being said it
doesn't add anything incredibly new or exciting, just more of the same. For
fans of the game who feel like they have exhausted the existing material, purchasing
this DLC will be a no brainer, but players still fighting their way through the
majority of Skyrim, unless you are a big werewolf or vampire fan, might want to
Thanks for the great review but you know what Bethesda made the mistake of giving the xbox 360 a 1 month or more exclusive I have completely lost interest in dawnguard and will be saving my money for dishonored and Assassins Creed.
Awesome review. Thanks!