Reviews for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® - Dawnguard™


Good DLC with a nice theme

Murderbot735 | July 28, 2015 | See all Murderbot735's reviews »

This review contains slight spoilers about things early in the DLC. You start of as a recruit to the vampire-hunting organization "Dawnguard". They give you the new weapon - a crossbow, which is pretty cool - and send you on a mission. Then it's up to you too choose if you want to join the vampires or stay with the Dawnguard. Both sides have their HQ, which both are huge castles that look really great. I kinda liked the vampire's place a bit more, especially since it had slaves that you could drink blood from. That's an instant 10/10 in my book. Anyway, the storyline is pretty decent and I love the vampire them. The new places look great, and the enemies are interesting. Fighting as a vampire lord is cool, but I don't really see how it is better than the werewolf. You're extremely week during the day, and can't really get rid of that fact completely. The mounted combat isn't that great either, but at least it's better than being completely defenseless while on the horse. Overall this DLC is fairly good. It isn't a must-have and it doesn't add that much, but I found it enjoyable. But if you for some reason would just want one single piece of DLC, Dragonborn is so much larger.


A lot more content, some of it is cool.

sycomantis1991 | May 15, 2015 | See all sycomantis1991's reviews »

First of all, playing as a vampire is awesome. Enhanced strength and speed, and you're much less fragile than you are as a Lycan. The added troops don't seem to so much but question people, they won't even seem stronger than normal guards. The new missions are fun, but the story around them isn't anything special. Overall, it's worth playing, but it's not a bargain for the price


Cool addon, cool stuff, good lore and great characters!!

tonydareizer | April 6, 2015 | See all tonydareizer's reviews »

This is one of the DLC's of Skyrim,right? At first, it seems like any other downloadable content pack, but, if you take a look into it and actually see what it adds, it will, less or more, blow your mind. This DLC pack adds lots of new stuff, including a crossbow, new spells and NPC's and also new weapons. Dawnguard provides a solid 20-25 hour gameplay experience. The story of the dlc itself is a quite solid one,because you will not see the vampires from Twilight, you'll see actual ugly vampires, those that you absolutely don't wish to meet in real life. The story divides into two branches when you get to choose what part you will be on : vampire hunter or a child of the blood(vampire). In the vampire quest-line you'll get about 20 something hours of gameplay,and with the other part you still get 14-16 hours of solid gameplay. The lore is also pretty impressive. The character development is great,and there are little plot twists,and also a big one. With that said and me not wanting to spoil anything,there you have it. If you're a true Skyrim player you must try this out.



tv_ | March 12, 2015 | See all tv_'s reviews » strange. It really doesn't add much to game unless you long for some crossbows. It does bring back a few stabs at highlighted moments of Morrowind if you know where to find the easter eggs for it. The story is rich and actually you can change the game entirely if you want to with the choices. It might seem like an unnatural DLC to be part of the Elder Scrolls but actually it brings back elements from previous titles...though it's still not really fitting to Skyrim (maybe more along the lines of Daggerfall). Still, it's not TERRIBLE and it actually does open up the lore a bit more.


A Great DLC to a Great Game!

Kveni | Nov. 11, 2014 | See all Kveni's reviews »

The base game of Skyrim itself seems endless, so why don't you add another 20 hours onto that endless game? This DLC allows you to either fight for, or fight against a Vampire faction that has come to Skyrim. The game gives you SO much more treasure, and allows you to have even more crazy choices to make that add to your overall character. The DLC is so fun, and gives you a whole new reason to come back to Skyrim. You also get a nifty new crossbow weapon that is EXTREMELY deadly, and is super fun to use against enemies, but it does take a long time to reload. You get to go to a new area in Skyrim where fort Dawnguard, a secret Vampire hunting base is, and either join them or fight with the vampires against them, the choice is up to you. Overall, this DLC is amazing.


A lineal experience

Nova4 | July 29, 2014 | See all Nova4's reviews »

By all means, this dlc is not bad... is just... is so linear for the overall openworld Skyrim experience. It expands the lore for the vampires and werewolf "race", but I'm not sure that it quite worth it. The good: +Complete update for the vampires and werewolf's. +More loot, lots of cool stuff +More skills, powers, spells and shouts. +1 long and cool quest. +The power to vanish the sun from the sky!!! +New factions, companions and npcs. The bad: -Is linear!!!! -Is not quite satisfactory to beat the last boss. -No consequences to your actions. For me, it only worth it if you are a vampire, if not, pass it.


Vampires invade Skyrim!

Sganotak | Jan. 22, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »

The first expansion pack for Skyrim, boasts a vampire-centric premise mainly drawing inspiration from popular films like Underworld or Van Heilsing. The main questline (which can be started if you're level 10 or above) revolves around Harkon, a vampire lord who wants to stop "the tyranny of the Sun" by recovering an ancient artifact. You can either join Harkon and help him accomplish his evil plans or try to stop him by joining the Dawnguard, an ancient order of vampire hunters. Both paths have entirely different quests with a few meeting points, which gives the DLC a huge replay value. No matter which side you choose, you will be joined by Serana, Harkon's daughter who is full of personality. The many conversations you will have with her during the questline will easily make her your favorite follower of the entire DLC. In addition, Dawnguard adds a lot of interesting features to the already rich gameplay of Skyrim.Both the vampires and the Dawnguards offer various perks for joining them. There is a new weapon type (crossbow) which you can research and upgrade if you join the Dawnguard, you can also have armored trolls as companions and there's also a wide variety of new weapons and armors to choose from. Should you join the vampires, you will become a powerful vampire lord and have a unique set of powers at your disposal. Dawnguards also offers two new big areas to explore, some new interesting boss battles, skill trees for both Vampires lords and Werewolfs and many more. Dawnguard is not without its technical quirks though. You may have a lot of slow downs and framerate issues when roaming around the new areas. Also, I faced some problem with waypoints not pointing in the right direction. However, all these are really minor issues and won't affect your overall enjoyment of the DLC No matter if you like vampires or not, Dawnguard is an excellent addon for Skyrim with a huge amount of content, excellent replay value and some meaty additions to the main game. Strongly recommended


Give it a try, Skyrim fans!

derekthedj | Nov. 12, 2013 | See all derekthedj's reviews »

Of all of the available DLC packs available for Skyrim, this one tends to catch the most heat for reasons I don't understand. Anyone who pays attention to the description knows it's about vampires battling vampire hunters (The Dawnguard) but there is much more than this included. You also get a great new weapon (crossbows) along with special powers if you join the vampire side. Also, new dragons, locations, and followers. While trying as hard as I can to not spoil the rest, there is another completely different story available to you along with a new land to explore. Along the way you will learn about the origins of one of the races in Skyrim. Plus there's a completely separate boss battle a nice surprise at the end. All of this is on top of the already existing battle between the vampires and the vampire hunters. If you're thinking I'm talking about the Soul Cairn, that's not it...