The past two Skyrim downloadable contents, Dawnguard and Hearthfire, were both pretty lacking to say the least. Dawnguard wasn’t necessarily lacking content – it had a decent length quest-line as well as a few new weapons and powers and a couple new areas. The reason that it was lacking was because Bethesda charged $20 for it. It was honestly worth half of that in my opinion. Hearthfire wasn’t a bad deal, though. They charged $5 for exactly what it was; barely any content. It was boring at times and a hassle to run back and forth between different locations gathering materials for a boring pre-built house. Luckily, Dragonborn skips the problems of the last two, and for the price of $20, it’s definitely the best deal of the bunch.
Dragonborn brings players to the land of Solsthiem, a small island in between Morrowind and Skyrim. We’ve been here once already, in the Bloodmoon expansion for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, but the land has changed since the Red Mountain eruption. The story consists of cultists working to revive the first dragonborn, Miraak, who intends to kill “the false dragonborn”, or in other words, you. After an attempted assassination, you track the cultists back to Solsthiem. It was a very familiar and heartwarming feeling when I landed on Solsthiem and “Peaceful Waters” from The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind was playing in the background.
The main quest is actually a very cool story, involving a Shaman, Dragons, Dwemer Ruins, Wizards, and Hermaeus Mora (the daedric prince of fate and knowledge). Hermaeus Mora just so happens to be my favorite daedra, so the fact that he contributes to the story so much makes me biased. Although it’s cool, it’s also kind of short. I finished the main quest after a couple hours of playing. That being said, there are other quests that branch off of the main quest as well as side quests that have nothing to do with the main quest. In all honesty, my only complaint with Dragonborn was that, although the new weapons, armor and items are really cool (and I mean REALLY cool), they don’t play well with my level 65 character, which is my main character. That being said, there are MANY more reasons to buy Dragonborn than to skip it.
*Awesome New Content
I give Skyrim: Dragonborn a VERY strong 4/5.