Owners of the Xbox 360 are able to get their hands on the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC and you really cannot call the DLC as add-on, as it feels like an understatement. If you are waiting to get your hands on the DLC on the PS3 which comes out next month then you can be assured that it is worth the wait. Owners of the Xbox 360 who haven’t already got it should do so as it is well worth the price tag. Here’s our review of the Skyrim Dragonborn DLC.
Skyrim Dragonborn DLC review (Xbox 360)
Solstheim is brought up to date in HD in Dragonborn, which is the 3rd DLC for Skyrim. The land was first seen in Blood moon in Elder Scrolls III, Morrowind and it can be likened to Greenland, except with dragons and snow goblins.
Players begin the journey to Solstheim fighting with two cultists, who are trying their best to kill you in the city. They talk about Miraak and Dragonborn before you kill them. You then find a note on their person and this tells you about Windhelm and the fact that the captain of a boat will be willing to take you to Raven Rock. After some searching, you find out about the Temple of Miraak and the fact that the warrior king is making a return to the land of Solstheim by taking over the All Maker stones and then killing the new Dragonborn. Of course the new Dragonborn is you.
To make sure that this doesn’t happen you will have to take some quests, often repetitive, so that you can find all of the six All Maker stones. If you see dozens of plebs, saying how great Miraak is and who are hammering away at a large rock you know you have reached the right place. Hit the stone using the Bend Will shout and then you have to kill all the things that come out, before going on to the next stone.
Freeing up the stones becomes a great deal more difficult as you go on, as more of the new enemies, the Lurkers, will show up. Anyone who has seen the mind flayers in Dungeons and Dragons will know the Seekers in Dragonborn. There are three versions of these and each successive one is more deadly than the last one.
Throughout the game there are many quests, along with settlements to discover. Black Books will also have to be deciphered and these will take you to Apocrypha, and this is where Miraak can be found. These trips provide something different as there are craggy outcrops and cathedrals which are floating in space, bridges are also in mid-air. The Black Books also show you new abilities. Throughout the game you will learn all of the words needed for the Bend Will shout. This means that you will be able to control beast and men. Dragons can be tamed and you will then be able to ride on them. Of all the foes in Skyrim, Miraak is the most imposing, thanks to the horned mask that he wears. Defeating him brings a great feeling, however it is not easy to do.
When you take on the quests in Dragonborn you could be forgiven for thinking that you have been there and done that and that you are doing it all over again. On the plus side there is ample room for tomfoolery and the game is massive, it will keep you entertained for a long time, even if you decide not to do all the quests. Dragonborn is the best DLC for Skyrim that has been released and it is a bigger update than Hearthfire and Dawnguard were. It will keep you returning to Skyrim and PS3 fans will appreciate that it is the first DLC to come their way from Bethesda.