On the back of Dragonborn, I decided to stay in the world and crack on the the Dawnguard DLC. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that the DLC is vampire focused, as pretty much everyone you pass in the street is telling you that there’s a group of vampire hunters meeting in Riften and suggesting you should go and join.
Very early into the quest-line, you are given the option to become a vampire…which obviously I took. This for me was the DLC’s failing as it seemed to peak far too early. If you take the werewolf quest line as an example, the end goal of becoming a werewolf was something to work toward. As I was made a vampire very early and got all the powers that came with that, there didn’t really seem any major goal to complete the quest line.
The story was pretty good, however I personally felt it dragged a little. There were a number of new amazing looking environments to explore, all with their own vegetation (if you like making the potions), but there just felt like something missing. Yes you did get to use your vampire powers (which I still have now I’m back to the main world), but I can’t quite put my finger on what was wrong. Maybe the feeling of having no reward to work towards just made the DLC feel like a grind, or maybe I was just trying to get through it so I could get back to building my house.
The latter part of the DLC has your running around various environments to find temples, which was fair enough, but if felt kind of forces, and seemed quite unnecessary. It wouldn’t have been too bad if there had been loads of enemies to fight, but enemies were very sparse, which meant I spent the best part of two hours walking, and picking up flower, mushrooms and mining veins on the way.
Now the DLC is complete, I’m quite looking forward to messing around, changing to vampire form, and going to take out villages to increase my vampire skill tree, as I’m sure they’ll be a cheevo for hitting the top level.
All in all, the DLC was average at best, removing some of the ‘walk to here’ quests and giving the vampire powers as a rewards would have possibly made this a lot better.
Approx Time taken to beat – 12 hours
Difficulty setting – Normal
Score – [Rating:3/5]
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