Review by XXXFLUFF
I am biased, I was always going to love it!
OK, let's get this out of the way first, it's not perfect. In keeping with Skyrim itself it has flaws. If Bethesda can iron out these flaws I will change my score to 10.
Right then, disclaimer made, I love this DLC. Some say it is quite small, I counter with the argument that how can it be small when it adds to the whole game? The missions themselves took me well over 15 hours to complete because I wasn't rushing through them and I still haven't completed everything there is, and this only covers the Vampire side. I have barely started the Dawnguard missions.
The new skill trees for the monsters of the game make them so much more playable and enjoyable, and merely running around the countryside in the respective monster forms has given the game a new lease of life for me. The skills themselves add some interesting tweaks to already interesting characters. Make no mistake, the game has added two new characters - the Werewolf and and Vampire Lord should be considered new characters. I have maxed both forms and find them intensely fun, which is the key to a game in my opinion - fun.
The new locations look fabulous, especially Fort Dawnguard on a sunny day! The new equipment has highs and lows, the Dragon Bone weapons are a bit of a disappointment in general, although the Dragon Bone sword has become my weapon of choice! Crossbows are everything I hoped they would be, especially the *spoiler removed* crossbows with their *spoiler removed* bolts. The look, the sound, the 'feel' of them is great.
I remember The Shivering Isles for Oblivion, fun once but I never wanted to play it all the way through again. I feel Dawnguard has massive replay value, with the added bonus that more stuff carries across to the main game. So you became the Mad God in Shivering Isles, what did that achieve exactly? I am now a Vampire Lord, flying around the countryside devouring all in my path, summoning *spoiler removed* all over the shop and reanimating almost anything to fight by my side.
My wife hates Dawnguard, because she doesn't play games and was starting to see me more often. This DLC has ruined our marriage for a second time (after the original Skyrim release) and I can see no end to the fun in sight. If you like Skyrim you are almost guaranteed to love Dawnguard. £10 for this much fun? Well worth it!
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard (US, 06/26/12)
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