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The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard DLC Review

Written: September 22nd, 2012.

Vampires, and Werewolves, and Dawnguard...Oh My!

Factions

The Dawnguard is a group of vampire hunters and their quest line and side quests are very polished and bug free. I recommend doing one this as a werewolf (if you have the ability) so you can level up the new werewolf skill tree for one of the achievements. Side quests do repeat eventually but are still fun.

The Vampire play through is a bit buggy. The main quest line is fine other than a few times I had to switch back to my regular character form since I couldn't fit through many tunnels as a vampire. The side quests are fairly buggy and I was only able to do a few before I got the same vampire recruit quest of someone I had already changed into a vampire. Right now this issue has no fix, other than progressing the quest via console commands on the PC version. Not a big deal breaker, I just wish the vampire faction quests were as polished as the Dawnguard faction.

Other Quests

Besides the faction quests, there is a great treasure hunter quest line plus numerous side quests that have been added with the Dawnguard DLC.

Level Cap Raised (Spoiler Alert)

In order to fight a legendary dragon, from what I've read online you will need to level up to 81. Leveling up that high does mean quite a few hours of skill leveling but there are also plenty of new non-faction quests available to do.

Verdict

Buy it. While at $20 Dawnguard is a bit high for an expansion-like DLC package...you do get plenty of hours of game play which surpasses the full single player campaign of most games. I logged about 30 hours just doing the faction quests alone. If you are busy saving up for some of the other new game releases this year, just wait for a DLC set to come out once they release all the future DLC packages.

February 18th, 2012 Update

I was finally able to get a legendary dragon to spawn at level 78.

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