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  • Summary: Dragonborn is the latest addition to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. journey off the coast of Morrowind to the island of Solstheim. Confront new towns, dungeons, and quests, as you traverse the ash wastes and glacial valleys of this new land. Become more powerful with new shouts that bend the will of your enemies and even tame dragons. Your fate, and the fate of Solstheim, hangs in the balance as you face off against your deadliest adversary – the first Dragonborn. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Jan 16, 2013
    90
    A marked return to form. [Feb 2013, p.85]
  2. 90
    Dragonborn left me with the same inclination that Skyrim's main game left me with after I had finished with the main questline, and that's that I just want to explore and milk as much content out of it as I can. After 10 hours, there's still stuff I want to see and places I want to go. If you felt letdown by Dawnguard or Hearthfire, then try not to let that put you off, because what Bethesda have created here is exactly what Skyrim fans would have been crying out for… and that's an experience that captures the brilliance of the main game but in a much more bitesize manner. We can't recommend this piece of DLC enough.
  3. 90
    This truly is a Skyrim expansion pack, and is a great purchase for any fan of the series who's hungry for a new adventure.
  4. 80
    By far the best Skyrim expansion so far, and although the dragon-riding is disappointing, having a whole new world (or at least island) to explore is almost as good.
  5. Dec 26, 2012
    80
    Dragonborn is great for those who have exhausted as much as possible in Skyrim.
  6. Dec 11, 2012
    80
    Dragon taming doesn't feel very engaging, but because of the story's depth and the host of new items and abilities, Dragonborn is still a thoroughly charming experience.
  7. Jan 2, 2013
    60
    It's a massive chunk of more of the same, basically. If that's what you're looking for you'll be more than satisfied, but lapsed players shouldn't expect anything intriguing enough to drag them back in.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. Jan 13, 2013
    10
    another great addon. takes you to another island with lots of quest to do and the main story is interesting. new armour and weapons, a new house with lots of space for items. well worth the points to get, you could say something bad about it but it least it isnt 4 s%^ty maps that suck anyway. this is a game addon that actually adds on Expand
  2. Jun 3, 2013
    10
    Easily my favorite DLC for Skyrim. It adds a huge new island with tons of new content, abilities and stories. The area with the mushrooms is particularly cool. I also like the main storyline and alternate world. If you're going to get one expansion for this game, get this one. Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2012
    10
    Dragonborn is the best Skyrim DLC so far and it comes close to the standards Shivering Isles set, which is a massive task to beat. All who played Morrowind will find solace in this content. It is like a breath of fresh air, the game has that feel of magic and adventure that the main story of Skyrim had. There is plenty to explore and do. There is a variety of side quests and a wealth of items and armours to acquire. I remember running through town when I suddenly heard the Morrowind theme kick in, I had to stand still and breathe it in for a few minutes. The price was worth it for that single moment of nostalgia alone. I ask you not to let Dawnguard alter your views on Dragonborn, this is a step in the right direction and you would be a fool to miss it. Expand
  4. Feb 13, 2013
    9
    After the mediocre hearthfire and short but sweet Dawnguard.... The large and expansive Skyrim needed a large and expansive DLC, Dragonborn is that DLC....oh and the only reason I'm not giving it a 1010 is because dragon mounts are useless Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2012
    8
    As a long time fan of the Elder Scrolls series (I've been playing since Daggerfall) I have conflicted feelings about Skyrim and it's DLC. Morrowind is one of my favourite games of all time, I felt Oblivion (which was very good) was kind of disappointing, and Skyrim to be better than Oblivion in some ways, and about the same in others. For some reason, Skyrim and it's DLC just didn't hook me the way that Morrowind and even Fallout 3 did. That said, Dragonborn is a fantastic step in the right direction. The island of Solshiem (probably misspelled) is a great re-creation of the one found in the Bloodmoon expansion for Morrowind, and the music.... oh sweet mercy the old Morrowind music is some of the best every composed. Definitely the best music on the Skyrim Soundtrack (don't get me wrong, the music in Skyrim is very good) That being said, the big selling feature (riding dragons) feels a little clunky to me. Overall, if you're a fan of Skyrim give this DLC a shot! Expand
  6. Dec 19, 2012
    8
    The last two DLCs had been a dissapointment. But when I arrived to Raven Rock and I started walking its streets and the Morrowind score kicked in I swear I felt goose bumps crawling all over me - magical moment. This third DLC, Dragonborn, is a step in the right direction. Aboslutely loved the Telvanni mushroom tower . The mechanics of the black books are excellent with th perks they give you.

    Please, can someone make a Morrowind remake for the consoles? :)
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  7. Apr 30, 2013
    0
    If there is one time I would ever smack money away from a developer, it's now. I LOVE you, Bethesda, so why did you do this to me??? Dragonborn is sorry. Pure and simple, sorry. You get to go see new crap, kill it, and ride a dragon right? Nope. You get to get MORE GLITCHES, more bugs, and 2, count em, 2 game ENDING bugs that make you completely restart a game if you didn't really carefully space out your save files. To wit: You get to a Nord village, and hear the Matron and her buddy yak. Cool yeah? If ANYTHING INTERRUPTS THEM, GAME OVER. You can never complete a quest, which makes Achievement Whoring die right there, PLUS it crashes your game later. Consistently. (and yeah, if YOU walk up to them too closely, they stop talking and that does it too. That's what I did.) Also, go fight the boss. The big, cheap, piece of crap story driven you can't kill me boss. By the way, you CAN'T kill him. If you do, game over. He uses the Ethereal shout and sits in the center of the arena laughing while you impotently try to kill him with ANYTHING. Also? Dragonriding is LAME. Whoo hoo, I summon me a dragon! Whoo Hoo! I go flying. Whoo wait, I go in a freakin circle until I either fast travel or lock onto a (hopefully appearing somewhere) random enemy??? WTF man, I was told FLY A DRAGON. The DLC said nothing about being a Dragon Nascar Driver. How fun, we're making another left turn. Beyond that bs, in Skyrim itself, you will get lots of bugs and glitches due to this turd, like screwups when you upgrade your houses, both in city and Hearthfire, enemies, weapons, and "disappearing" gear. Ok. Thanks. All in all, this DLC reeks of being rushed and not Beta'd. Again, an incomplete. And what do you score an Incomplete effort? A Zero. Expand

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