I can’t believe it’s been a year (and one month, to be exact) since Skyrim came out, and there’s still so much I haven’t played yet. I love this game. While Oblivion was the first Elder Scrolls game I played and will always be my favorite, Skyrim brought to life a huge, immersive fantasy world in a way I never thought possible. It’s really been my dream as a kid, and a life-long lover of fantasy, to have a creative outlet like this. So, hey, thanks Bethesda!
I recently started Dawnguard, a DLC released a few months ago. I’m very close to the final stage, but I wanted to reflect on it before I finished the storyline.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT DAWNGUARD
I chose to play as a Dawnguard this time around since it fits with my character’s personality. Since my character is a stealthy archer, having a new weapon–a crossbow–is awesome. The crossbow is fun because it requires a totally new approach to sniping–loading a bolt takes much longer than knocking an arrow, so I really have to be sure that my shot is going to kill an enemy before I launch it. Also, bolts are much harder to find than arrows, so I have to use them carefully. I feel like this has made me a better sniper.
Skyrim is already a beautiful game and I know there’s plenty I haven’t explored yet, but it’s fun to travel to new places. I found the Soul Cairn and Darkfall Cave to be interesting places, and of course, I love any chance to pick up new and exotic alchemical ingredients.
I do feel like the pacing of the storyline is a little weird, as I find myself spending a long time in particular realms, but it’s a nice break from the typical Skyrim landscape.
I always love new characters, and it’s great to have a new follower. Serana, the vampire princess, is definitely one of the best follower options in the whole game. She’s like a mix of Lydia and Karliah (from the Thieve’s Guild). She has a nice voice–which is important for a follower since you have to talk to them a lot–and uses magic, which is a nice balance to my character’s stealth. Plus, she’s pretty cute.
WHAT I DON’T LOVE ABOUT DAWNGUARD
I was a bit disappointed in the armor choices for Dawnguards. The vampires get some pretty sweet armor in several options, but the Dawnguard heavy and light armor look the same. It comes in two colors, which is something, I guess. Whenever I play in a particular faction, I always wear that faction’s armor for the duration of the story, so I’m sticking with it. I feel like the light armor looks a bit bulky–I wish it were more attuned for stealthy characters, like the Thieve’s Guild armor. Mostly, there just aren’t enough choices, so it doesn’t really feel like “special” armor.
C’mon, the vamp armor (left) is a bit cooler, right?
The Dawnguards are all a bunch of douchebags. Like, obviously, the vamps aren’t much better, but I expect them to be assholes. Everyone in the Dawnguard is kind of rude or self-involved. Why should I even be helping these people? They gave me a crossbow, but that’s about it. Also, I am a bit disappointed in the castle. I haven’t finished the storyline yet so I don’t know if it gets nicer, but right now, there isn’t much to the facility. I wanted my own room with some sweet gear, dammit!
I plan to finish the game tomorrow–I’m very close to finding Auriel’s Bow, so it should be Epic Battle Time shortly after. And can I just say that I’m freakin’ stoked about the newest DLC, Dragonborn? I wish I had an Xbox so I could play it now, but we all know PC gaming is superior.