After the hype built up at E3, Dawnguard was set to provide gamers with an enjoyable way to return to the world of Skyrim. Introducing crossbows, gargoyles, and the ability to turn into a vampire seemed like a surefire way to keep things interesting. Unfortunately, the reviews seem to think that something went wrong with the content.
Many people criticize the main selling point of the DLC; the vampire transformation. They say that it simply isn’t enjoyable to play as this character because the camera is locked in third person and the attacks don’t work as well as they should. The actual animation for becoming a vampire also takes way too long, and is frustrating to use in combat.
Another common complaint is the quest layout. Too frequently you will be running basic fetch quests. The combat in Skyrim is enjoyable, although it isn’t very deep, and these quests start to wear the system to the bones. By the time you’ve put 5 hours into new content, it seems like you’ve already experienced most of the new additions. Sure, there are new places to explore, but the gameplay is still the same as before (for better and for worse).
If you’ve loved Skyrim up to this point and are looking for a reason to pour a few more hours into the game, you’ll likely enjoy Dawnguard. However, if you were really looking forward to the vampire gameplay or a drastic change to the formula, it might be wise to take a pass.