Skyrim: Dragonborn DLC Review
The Good:New shouts, new armours and weapons...RIDING DRAGONS!
The Bad:Same voices...and that it ends...
As this is DLC instead of a full game review, I will be doing it slightly different. I won’t be dividing it into headings about graphics, game play etc because we know all of that already. Just my thoughts on what the new Skyrim DLC, Dragonborn brings us to the table. So let us begin… [...]
As this is DLC instead of a full game review, I will be doing it slightly different. I won’t be dividing it into headings about graphics, game play etc because we know all of that already. Just my thoughts on what the new Skyrim DLC, Dragonborn brings us to the table. So let us begin…
First of all, I have to apologize, I haven’t actually played any Elder Scrolls game before Oblivion. Oblivion was my first title on my 360 and I never thought to go back and see the others. But anyway, let’s get talking about Dragonborn. I loaded up my save and started wondering round waiting for someone to tell me about this Dragonborn coming back, I spent a good half hour sleeping, fast traveling to the different cities before I was defeated and resorted to the interwebs for some help. I then found out that you need to be a certain place within the main Skyrim storyline before this kicks off. Luckily it’s only the third mission or so into the game, so it doesn’t take that long to get to. Once you have beaten ‘the Horn of Jurgen‘ the DLC kicks in.
These guys don’t you calling yourself Dragonborn[/caption] These guys don’t you calling yourself Dragonborn[/caption]You will be randomly approached by some cultists in some strange armours that you wouldn’t have seen before, they start talking to you asking if you are the one called Dragonborn. Once you answer they scream that you’re a fake and the true Dragonborn is coming back. As you can imagine they attack and you destroy their sorry selves for even attempting to take you on. Search their corpses so you can learn where they have come from, now you have your ticket to the new (new to skyrim at least) content from the DLC.
When I first arrived in Raven Rock I found myself just walking round, looking at the scenery and finding out where the important things are, smithing, shops etc. Which I found rather quickly and easily. Now I know that I need to play the main quest line to get more details on the plot, but all I found myself doing was checking out the new armours and seeing which ones I preferred. I took a huge liking to the Nordic carved armour and decided to head out and get what I needed for a full set of this armour and weapons to start my travels. Once that was done I spent more time walking in and outs houses chatting to everyone I possibly could, this is where some disappointment set in.
The voices are the same. It’s the same voice actors, acting out lines for different people. I mean I think I’ve heard Jim Cummings voice way too many times in Skyrim on all corners of the map. I would’ve thought that with Skyrim and Bethesda being as huge as they are, there would be much more variety with the voices. Especially with DLC content. Come on, it’s extra content, put more extra voices in! If you need people, I’m willing to do it for free!! (Let’s talk Bethesda ) Sure it’s not game breaking, but it’s just that level of annoyance of when someone opens their mouth and it’s the same voice that the bartender of there had or the same beg of mercy from your last victim. I know it’s near impossible to have individual actors for every character in Skyrim, hell you’d need to employ a whole town for that! But they need more than who they currently have. It would add just that extra bit of ‘oommff’ to the games reality.
One of the many amazing sights you can expect to see[/caption]I mentioned at the beginning that Oblivion was my first Elder scroll title, well I fell in love with it. Complete new world with so many unknowns for my to explore. Well I’m going through those feelings all over again with this DLC. Dragonborn has a complete new area (to me anyway guys before flames start) and I’m loving exploring it. The first half of the island reminds me a lot of Fallout, I can’t really explain without spoiling some of the side quests featured in the expansion, so I will leave it out. But once you get to play it (and you should download it! NOW!) you will see what I mean. The new sights in Dragonborn keep distracting me from any quests that I’m on. There is so much for me to see and discover it’s amazing and I’m always finding plenty that make me go ‘wow’. From views while I’m standing on cliff tops (Water crashing against the shoreline) to some of the weird and wonder animals I have seen.
I do worry however, that once I’ve done the side quests and the main storyline, will it include the never ending quests that Skyrims mainland has? I’ve got a feeling that it may not. But that’s alright, there are some achievements to keep you going. Finding all the Black Books (They are strange…just how I like it) learning all the words of a nice shout and finding locations. It’s just enough to squeeze that extra bit of life out of Dragonborn.
The best way though is to take your time with the content. If you rush through, you will be loosing out on so many new additions, the armour, the weapons, new shouts and spells, new enemies and the rest! So if you are on the fence about buying this, I really do urge you to give it a go! If you are abit unsure because you weren’t too keen on the previous content (Dawnguard and Hearthfire) then don’t worry. This DLC blows those out of the water! Much bigger than both and much more intriguing. Please treat yourself and give your eyes and your brain the explosion of gaming goodness they need.
You can see plenty of screenshots of the DLC below, just incase you need persuading even more…