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December 11th, 2012, 19:49
Here is a collection of Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC reviews.
GamesRadar, with a buy-it verdict
The main quest alone is lengthy, lasting roughly five hours depending on your pace. Were it the sole reason to fork over 1,600 Microsoft points ($20), you might feel a little ripped off. But the size of the landscape, the amount of new weapons and shouts to score, and the fact that itís almost impossible to not happen upon a laundry list of optional side quests makes Dragonborn a meaty, worthwhile expansion to the main game.
OXMOnline, 7.5
Though youíll find plenty of side quests and new dungeons to explore, that uneven main quest (about a seven-hour jaunt) is the high point of the whole affair. Dragonbornís supposed crown jewel ó the ability to temporarily tame and ride dragons ó turns out to be its most bitter disappointment. The first time you climb onto a dragonís neck is a thrill, but best of luck getting your new slave to do anything terribly useful. Even if you can tolerate its awkward combat targeting and glitchy flight patterns, its laughably lackadaisical attack speed means youíre better off staying on your own two feet than trying to get a dragon to burn or bite your foes.
God is a Geek, 9
Dragonborn actually is the greatest Skyrim DLC to date but, while Bethesda have matched the scale and scope of Fallout 3′s Point Lookout, they have fallen a dragonís scale short of Oblivionís Shivering Isles in terms of personality and imagination.
Digital Spy, 4/5
While it's true that dragon riding promises so much and delivers so little, and antagonist Maarik is somewhat underdeveloped as a villain, 'Dragonborn' is exactly what Skyrim fans have been waiting for since exhausting the main campaign. Solstheim is a fantastic location, packed with interesting landmarks, challenging enemies and a wide variety of quests, and reigniting that initial sense of awe.
But hey, this is Skyrim. The story is secondary. Dragonbon's quests might be "go there, do that, then do it again", but there's ample room for pointless tomfoolery in this massive fantasy world. Again, I didn't have to steal that cell key. I just wanted to see what was in there. That lead to a dead cop and permanent damage to my reputation in Raven Rock, but it also to the discovery of an underground lair with hidden treasure and more than a few deadly bad guys. That sheer open-endedness will entertain you for hours even if you ignore the quests. And in that regard, Dragonborn is the best of Skyrim's DLC so far, offering a significantly more substantial update than Dawnguard or Hearthfire. It's more than reason enough to return to Skyrim
GamingTruth, 9.75
Overall, SkyrimĎs new Dragonborn DLC is definitely the best add-on so far, featuring a plethora of weapons, armor, powers, shouts and a dynamic quest that arcs across the daedric realms. The return to Solsthiem is a fantastic journey that rekindles nostalgia within the seasoned Elder Scrolls gamer, and is a welcome vacation from Skyrimís frosty expanse.
For those who haven't stopped playing Skyrim since its release, the Dragonborn DLC will come as a fire-warmed hovel for the starved and bereaved. This infusion of new content could probably occupy the thorough player for 15 or 20 hours. That in itself will please innumerable fans. There's an emphasis on quantity over quality, however, and the island of Solstheim is more Skyrim than Morrowind. The content just isn't very compelling, except for Apocrypha, and the Elder Scrolls V is getting old and exhausted. Let's send Skyrim to Sovngarde before the wise and venerable becomes crippled and insane.
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December 11th, 2012, 19:49
This question is for anyone with the Dragonborn DLC and who also played the Bloodmoon expansion of Morrowind.

Does the skyrim version of Solstheim 'feel' about the same size as the morrowind Solstheim?
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December 11th, 2012, 21:02
The RPGFan review is pretty sad. Skyrim is old and exhausted? Okay.

I've heard from quite a few people that think Dragonborn is on the same level as Shivering Isles in terms of quality. That's got my hopes up that it's a great expansion. Will check it out in month or 2.
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December 11th, 2012, 21:47
Originally Posted by TheMadGamer View Post
This question is for anyone with the Dragonborn DLC and who also played the Bloodmoon expansion of Morrowind.

Does the skyrim version of Solstheim 'feel' about the same size as the morrowind Solstheim?
I'll let you know, actually just started playing Morrowind in order to get some of the background on Bloodmoon and compare them whenever Dragonborn comes out on PC.
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December 11th, 2012, 23:29
I don't think I ever played Bloodmoon, so Solstheim will be new to me. I'm not into werewolves, so I don't think I ever bought that expansion. I think I have Tribunal laying around somewhere though.
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