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  • Summary: Dawnguard is the first game add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 21, 2013
    85
    Jump into the fray between the vampires and the Dawnguard with this expansion pack. Dawnguard has everything you can ask for in such a DLC; a good plot and many many hours of playable content. Anyone who enjoyed "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" shouldn't pass up the opportunity of playing this expansion.
  2. Mar 6, 2013
    82
    If you are a huge fan of Skyrim and have been looking for a good reason to get back into it for a few hours, then look no further. Although it probably could have contained a bit more for its $20 price tag, most gamers who have dedicated months of their life to playing this game will not be disappointed with their purchase.
  3. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Apr 22, 2013
    82
    Dawnguard has got it all. Including a storyline that is way more interesting than anything Twilight or The Vampire Diaries have ever done. Especially the young - at least when compared to her fellow kind - Serana enthralled us with her tragic family disputes. [April 2013, p.90]
  4. It’s also the best of the three DLC packs to have finally hit Skyrim on PS3. Deeper than the largely customisation-focused Hearthfire, and more integrated into the game as a whole than Dragonborn, this is a lengthy extra chunk of game that’s well worth the money for anyone looking for an excuse to jump back into Tamriel.
  5. Play UK
    Mar 21, 2013
    70
    It's fresh Skyrim and a lot of it, which is obviously good. On the other hand, the wonky design of the Vampire Lord undermines what should be the standout idea, and so there's a strong whiff of disappointment also present in Dawnguard. [Issue#229, p.72]
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Mar 4, 2018
    10
    One of the greates dlc's ever made. It adds a bunch of a new content that satisfies you as more as an original game, especially, when youOne of the greates dlc's ever made. It adds a bunch of a new content that satisfies you as more as an original game, especially, when you start studying it. AND ATMOSPHERE, OH GOD, ATMOSPHERE! Expand
  2. Dec 2, 2021
    10
    An excellent DLC. It adds a lot lore wise atop great characters, gameplay additions and of cause new items. The story unfolds around anAn excellent DLC. It adds a lot lore wise atop great characters, gameplay additions and of cause new items. The story unfolds around an ancient prophecy from the extinct snow elves called “Tyranny of the Sun”. It is said that night and day will become one when the dragons return. This is something which would make vampires far more powerful as it would remove their main weakness aka the daylight. Of cause the vampire are interested in this and will try to fulfill it. You the Dragonborn will be drawn into this events but it is not foretold on which side. I fully like the story as it has a branching part that forces you to make a lasting decision. Also it is enjoyably long and the gameplay aspects are nice. They added an ability tree for vampires and werewolf's, new weapons including crossbows, armors, abilities, spells and more. The characters are also really good by Elder Scroll standards. Especially Serena became a fan favorite but both sides have other fascinating characters with own personalities. These work well and enhance the experience. The new areas are good integrated in the game and have variety. I wont go into details because of spoilers. Overall this was an excellent add on and I enjoyed it from beginning to the end. The quest line became my favorite as became the characters. The new cross bow is an excellent addition to ranged combat especially with the better ammunition. I recommend this for anyone. Expand
  3. May 6, 2016
    9
    The game for me was very buggy, however that was the only reason it's not a ten, it added new mechanics well and was able to create a veryThe game for me was very buggy, however that was the only reason it's not a ten, it added new mechanics well and was able to create a very interesting story line. Expand
  4. Aug 18, 2021
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Serana is the most interesting, well-developed character in Skyrim. The strongest part of this DLC is the relationship between the Dragonborn and Serana, which many (most?) players play as unrequited love story. Also has fun new gameplay stuff, especially crossbows. It's one major flaw is in its failure to integrate with the rest of the world very well; worldbuilding is the central strength of the Elder Scrolls game, so I think this DLC gets underrated on not really playing to Skyrim's central strength. But it is a good game on its own terms. Expand
  5. Apr 21, 2014
    7
    A good new add on to possibly the greatest RPG game of the century - but with its flaws.

    I enjoyed the DLC, but found it VERY buggy for a
    A good new add on to possibly the greatest RPG game of the century - but with its flaws.

    I enjoyed the DLC, but found it VERY buggy for a while, and even had to restart my user. The vampirism really doesn't have many perks, and having vampires randomly kill NPCs in the town really put me off the DLC, but many sidequests like the Arkngthamz and others make it worth it.

    Though it is beyond being as much a great DLC as Dragonborn, its a worthy addition, and good time.
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  6. Nov 22, 2019
    0
    1) The quest marker to start the quest is woefully incorrect. Bethesda couldn't muster up the tiniest amount of willpower to fix the location1) The quest marker to start the quest is woefully incorrect. Bethesda couldn't muster up the tiniest amount of willpower to fix the location of the objective marker. The marker is SOUTH EAST of Stendarr's Marker and the cave is NORTH WEST. Literally opposite directions.

    2) EVERY guide on the internet says the location of Dawnspring Canyon is NORTH EAST of the Stendarr's Beacon. This is stupidly and belligerently incorrect. It is north WEST. ok? North. Freakin', West. How tragically dumb does the entire internet have to be in order for this to happen?

    3) The cave entrance is absolutely tiny and nondescript.

    What a horrible, not fun user experience of trying to start the damn DLC, let alone play it.
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