Mixed or average reviews - based on 47 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 47
  2. Negative: 0 out of 47
  1. Jul 12, 2012
    Quotation forthcoming.
  2. CD-Action
    Jul 31, 2012
    It's not a DLC that you need badly, especially if you still have something else to do in Skyrim. But if you already know it inside out and are hungry for more, Dawnguard will quench your thirst. [September 2012, p.66]
  3. Jun 29, 2012
    While the amount of content included in this DLC is substantial-definitely worth the twenty bucks-it's also riddled with bugs, and a few of those make it damn near unplayable. It's frustrating, at the very least.
  4. Jul 1, 2012
    If you are a Skyrim fan who has already invested countless number of hours into the main game, then Dawnguard is for you, but if you have moved on to other games, I am not so certain Dawnguard is reason alone to come back as frankly it is more of the same.
  5. Jul 3, 2012
    Dawnguard is a mixture of old and a little something new, but it's also a case of success and failure. In trying to present an epic pilgrimage, the game becomes exasperating and a chore, but in attempting to do new things it occasionally sets itself apart from the side-quests discovered in the main game. There's nothing earth-shattering or fresh from an artistic standpoint, but Dawnguard has its high points, a very welcome companion and as well as new powers for you to play around with. Whether or not you consider this worth the 1600 MS points will depend on just how desperate you are to return to the world of Tamriel.
  6. Jul 3, 2012
    Judged purely on its merits as a piece of downloadable content, 'Dawnguard' doesn't quite live up to its rather steep 1600 Microsoft Points (£15 / $20) price tag. The plot, missions and marquee features aren't as strong as they could be, failing to leave much of an impression past the relatively brief questline. However, it's the little things that help Dawnguard capture that Skyrim magic, leaving players thirsty for more.
  7. Jul 6, 2012
    It's not bad at all, but it's not different. It might add to Skyrim, but it doesn't enrich it in doing so.
  8. Jun 27, 2012
    Apart from the (sadly) expected Bethesda hiccups - erratic quest markers, odd spawn glitches - there's nothing really wrong with Dawnguard. At the same time, there's nothing here that demands 1600 Microsoft Points' worth of attention. If all you want is a solid side quest and some good loot, this will scratch that itch. If you were hoping for something more epic and ambitious, keep waiting.
  9. Jul 11, 2012
    As a whole, Dawnguard is either to expensive or too spiritless to really shine, maybe even both. In its best moments, it manages to surpass Skyrim in some disciplines, but it doesn't quite harness all of the potential its fascinating new areas and fractions seem to offer. A good new episode then, but not an essential one.
  10. Jul 11, 2012
    Playing as a Vampire Lord is too buggy and clumsy to be fun for long. And that's a shame, because with more attention to the design of this form, Dawnguard could have been a better piece of software.
  11. Jul 18, 2012
    All of this amounts to a content-packed but ultimately rather disappointing first crack at Skyrim DLC for Bethesda.
  12. Jul 3, 2012
    Even by Bethesda standards, Dawnguard is just riddled with bugs, many of them game-breaking. I came across audio issues, missing textures, missing NPCs, broken dungeons, and much more. This is a fun expansion, even if its content is a little disappointing, but I highly suggest waiting for a patch (or three) before you jump in.
  13. Jun 29, 2012
    Skyrim: Dawnguard will not blow your mind, but it's a decent addition to the Skyrim franchise, so long as you're willing to buy into the vampiric premise. There's a number of lore-rich encounters that long time TES fans will love, and a number of extras that help pad the package.
  14. Jul 13, 2012
    Bethesda's mega-RPG already has so much to offer that an extra storyline doesn't feel like a real expansion. For those who've seen everything in Skyrim, Dawnguard might be nice, boasting a few new and pretty areas. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel like a complete expansion like Shivering Isles was for Oblivion, which is why it's also a bit expensive.
  15. Jul 13, 2012
    Dawnguard has a lot going for it, but as with all major Bethesda RPG's, it also has tons of bugs. Still worth your money though and it hopefully will get a necessary set of patches.
  16. Jul 2, 2012
    Dawnguard is an atmospheric and enjoyable return to the frigid lands of Skyrim. Just beware the bugs.
  17. Hyper Magazine
    Aug 8, 2012
    Predictable, bug-ridden fare. [Sept 2012, p.72]
  18. Jun 28, 2012
    Its headline feature is easily its worst but there are enough other new extras to make this a costly but still diverting return to the land of Skyrim.
  19. 70
    It's difficult to turn your nose up at new content for a game that scored a ten, but if you're expecting something dramatically different or experimental from Dawnguard you're likely to be disappointed.
  20. Jul 5, 2012
    "More" doesn't equal "satisfying" or "memorable." "Dawnguard" isn't the journey to a strange realm that made "Shivering Isles" and "Point Lookout." It's not a break from the norm, it's a staycation. You're still in your apartment, doing the same things you always did, and once it's over, you'll feel like it was all pretty much a waste of time.
  21. Jul 20, 2012
    The "nudist vampire clan bug" has been corrected, and now we can see Dawnguard for what it really is. Not a fundoshi commercial, but a decent DLC with quality content, a price that's a bit too high, and the usual amount of bugs (and since this is a Bethesda game, "usual" means "a lot"). Skyrim fans will probably love these quest lines as they loved the original game, even with their problems.
  22. Jul 2, 2012
    The vampire powers are a nice game changer and the overall story is engaging. The game still suffers from the typical Elder Scrolls quirkiness, but that's not necessarily a bad thing depending on your point of view.
  23. Jun 28, 2012
    Dawnguard is considerably better than most of Bethesda's recent Fallout 3 DLC, but you'll be sorely disappointed if you go in expecting to find Skyrim's version of Bloodmoon or The Shivering Isles.
  24. Jul 4, 2012
    Dawnguard is the ideal add-on for those who still haven't satisfied their need for Skyrim. Those who seek innovation, will be disappointed however. Dawnguard is simply more of the same, plus a clumsy Vampire Lord transformation.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 269 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 65
  2. Negative: 12 out of 65
  1. Jun 30, 2012
    Why are vampires still hostile to me, when I'm part of a faction working to further the interests of my kind? Why does said faction share soWhy are vampires still hostile to me, when I'm part of a faction working to further the interests of my kind? Why does said faction share so many quests with its rival faction, the Dawnguard? Why is there never any kind of showdown with said faction? Why is this "expansion" sending me to dungeons I already cleared in the original game? Answer: Bethesda screwed up, and released a half-hearted, overpriced, wretched piece of DLC. I would be even more harsh if it wasn't for the fact that we've not had a decent vampire game of any sort since Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. Full Review »
  2. Jun 27, 2012
    If you were expecting a DLC the size of Shivering Isles, you're going to be very disappointed. This filler quest is more akin to an overpricedIf you were expecting a DLC the size of Shivering Isles, you're going to be very disappointed. This filler quest is more akin to an overpriced Knights of the Nine, with interesting game mechanics (vampire lord, crossbow) which are unfortunately poorly executed and impractical at best. Not even mentioning the plethora of bugs already reported on Beth forums. Full Review »
  3. Jun 28, 2012
    If you were expecting an Shivering Isles type expansion you're going to be disappointed, if you were hoping for a near bug free environmentIf you were expecting an Shivering Isles type expansion you're going to be disappointed, if you were hoping for a near bug free environment you should read the line that says it's made by Bethesda and if you were hoping to get your moneys worth you're really going to be disappointed. Don't get me wrong it would be fine as a 5-10$ DLC, but unless you some vampire Twilight Fanatic it can be passed over for 1600 Microsoft points. Full Review »