The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dawnguard
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Requires The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Base Game) to play this DLC.
Dawnguard™ is the first official game add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® - the 2011 Game of the Year. The Vampire Lord Harkon has returned to power. By using the Elder Scrolls, he seeks to do the unthinkable - to end the sun itself. Will you join the ancient order of the Dawnguard and stop him? Or will you become a Vampire Lord yourself? Featuring an all new faction questline and locations, the ultimate choice will be yours.
New Weapons, Armor, Spells and Shouts. Join the Dawnguard and wield all new crossbows and craft your own arrows, bolts, and Dragonbone weapons. Use new weapons, armor, spells and shouts, including the Soul Tear shout – that rips the souls from your enemies and turns them into your minions.
Become a Vampire Lord. Side with the vampires and become a Vampire Lord yourself. Hover across the ground, turn yourself into bats, levitate your enemies as you drain their life, and more. The Vampire Lord features its own upgradable perk system.
Werewolf Perks added. Playing as a werewolf now has its own upgradable perk system including Bestial Strength, Animal Vigor, and Savage Feeding.
New Locations and Creatures. Choose from two new fortresses to upgrade and call home, Castle Volkihar or Fort Dawnguard. Discover lost valleys and travel to a new realm of Oblivion, the Soul Cairn. Battle new creatures including Death Hounds, Gargoyles, Armored Trolls, and all new vampires and dragons.
Change Your Appearance. Visit Riften’s Ratway and find the woman who can change your appearance, altering your face or hair.
Vampire or Werewolf!Coolicy | May 7, 2013 | See all Coolicy's reviews »
Like the Imperials vs Stormcloaks storyline, you get to choose and dedicate yourself to one side in this Werewolf vs Vampire war. cough Both factions have their merits and are equally interesting.
Most people choose the righteous path when playing games. In this case, it's the Vampire Hunters, which expands the existing Werewolf part of Skyrim by adding a whole new dedicated Werewolf Perks tree. You also get a whole new weapon: the crossbow(!) to hunt vampires with! But it's really more of a novelty weapon than anything more useful than what you probably already have.
The vampires quest line is more dark, and allows you to become the mighty vampire lord. This is a very cool transformation that's very intimidating. Just look up videos of the Vampire Lord in action, you have your own perk tree and can fly (or float?) to your unsuspecting victims!
Overall, I find this content very enjoyable. My only complaint would be the same as my complaint for the Imperial vs Stormcloak questline: you visit the same places with slightly different motives and perform slightly different actions. I highly enjoyed my playthrough, but I won't recommend replaying this DLC choosing the other path just to see what happens. Enjoy your choices in Dawnguard and live by those choices!
Skyrim DLC goes on sale from time to time, definitely check for a GMG voucher before you snatch this up!
DawnguardSuperfly999 | May 6, 2013 | See all Superfly999's reviews »
This may not be the best of the DLC's for Skryim... I'm looking at your Dragonborn, but it sure is fun if you want to be a blood sucking vampire! The new features that this DLC brings into the mix makes Skyrim have a new atmosphere about it. You'll focus on the new Vampire Lord and Werewolf perks, and if you're a junkie for these kind of things. This is your fix.
First DLC for Skyrimlok0812 | May 6, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »
This is the first content DLC for the massive Skyrim. It adds a story about vampires to the game. Not much new places were added to the game, the DLC just ask you to go back to pre-existed places in the original game and complete the quests it asked you to do. New shouts, weapons, and armors were added as well as a skill tree for vampire and werewolf players. Even though there weren't a lot of new area introduced in the DLC, it will still provide you even more hours to the already massive game.
goodinfernos13 | May 4, 2013 | See all infernos13's reviews »
Dawnguard is another solid DLC for Skyrim fans, and a significant step-up from what Hearthfire offered. The new quests are interesting enough, and anyone who wants to run around as a Vampire Lord or more powerful werewolf is going to enjoy themselves immensely. It does feel like a slight step back from Dragonborn however, with fewer new enemies and equipment, and less variety visually too. Still if you’re hankering for more Skyrim you’re unlikely to be disappointed with Dawnguard.