There have been a whole raft of DLC packs for various triple-A titles of late, and many of them have offered poor value for the money. Of Skyrim‘s first two DLCs, at least one was way overpriced at launch and a bit of a disappointment. Now we get Dragonborn, the latest DLC for the Elder Scrolls title, and while it is not without its disappointments, overall, it is Skyrim’s best DLC to date.
As you might have gathered from the title and the hype, you ain’t the only Dragonborn around. And the other guy, once thought to be dead, believes that like the Highlander, there can only be one. So he sends a couple of his cultists after you. You easily dispatch them to start your next big adventure, and, if you bought the last two DLCs you will probably be bored with shacking up with your vampire girlfriend and itching for something more to do.
First let’s get the criticisms out of the way. The dragon-riding you get to do is lame and is a bit of a let-down if that is your thing. And this DLC is a bit buggy and has a few annoying glitches. If you have a companion, he or she disappears at times for no reason when you are exploring the new island, Solstheim, on which this all takes place (FYI, the way you solve this is to find the next “discoverable” place, go back to one you had already & come back via fast travel to make them reappear). Secondly, chatting can be a pain with dialogue results sometimes not being the one you selected.
The island of Solstheim is a grey and dull place (the vampire girlfriend let me know this all the time). Between the snow and the ash (from an active volcano) it is grim. As for baddies, there are some Ash monsters–the goblin-like bastards try to give you a spear to the knee–and all sorts of brigands running around the place. It is a pretty large island to explore and I spent quite a bit of time just wandering around and discovering things. In short, and happily, there is plenty to explore even after finishing the main quest-line.
Where the graphics get impressive is when you start chasing the baddie Miraak into the realm of Cthulhu, or rather a Daedric prince called Hermaeus Mora. This realm is non-Euclidian with all sorts of tentacles popping up trying to kill you and minions that look straight out of the Cthulhu mythos. This mixture of those themes filtered through HR Giger is quite amazing to watch. After making sure nothing is trying to kill you, it is worth taking a look at the scenery.
This is certainly the meatiest of the DLCs for Skyrim and one that I would highly recommend if you are a fan of the game or the series.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol. This game can also be found on: PS3 and Xbox 360.