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Skyrim DLC Dawnguard Released Today – Worth the Money?


The first DLC will be available today for the highly popular Skyrim game, the latest edition in The Elder Scrolls storyline. Dawnguard can be downloaded directly from your Xbox console or through the online marketplace found here. Although the purchase option is still missing, the DLC description is up:

The Vampire Lord Harkon has returned to power. By using the Elder Scrolls, he seeks to do the unthinkable – to end the sun itself. Will you join the ancient order of the Dawnguard and stop him? Or will you become a Vampire Lord yourself? Featuring an all new faction questline and locations, the ultimate choice will be yours.

Is Dawnguard worth the money?

(Update: We’re now holding a Dawnguard Giveway!)

Priced at 1600 MS Points, or approximately $20 USD, the add-on will not come cheap. The developers behind the new storyline promise an extra 10 hours of casual gameplay. Since you can choose between two paths, giving it a second playthrough will double it to 20 hours.

Aside from the storyline, you’ll also receive new weapons, armor, house options and get the chance to become a bona fide vampire hunter. Here’s a more additions:

  • Characters can be redesigned by visiting a character in Riften
  • New enemies: gargoyles, hounds, armored trolls
  • New Dragons: some to fight, others to learn from
  • New shouts
  • A new location in the plane of Oblivion known as Soul Cairn
  • Horseback combat compatible with more weapons including crossbows
  • Dragonbone Weapons
  • Advanced Vampire and Werewolf Skill Trees

The good news is, despite the hefty price tag, it’s obvious a lot of work has been placed into this DLC and is likely a good indication that it’s great content. Since I’ll be purchasing it as soon as it becomes available, I’ll be chiming in with a review soon.

Xbox 360 LIVE 1600 Points

What time will Dawnguard be released?

According to, Bethesda is only mentioning an overnight release. This probably means a gradual release depending on your time zone. For those of us living in the US, we likely have access to Dawnguard last.

What about Dawnguard for PS3 and PC?

It’s no surprise; Microsoft has shelled out money to receive Dawnguard as a timed-exclusive on their Xbox console. Fortunately, the exclusivity shouldn’t last long and will likely be available on PC and Playstation 3 console after 30 days.

Besides, PC users have had the chance to try countless of fun mods and options not available to console players. Waiting the thirty days is not a bad tradeoff.

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  • Mark C.

    Someone on Reddit said that the Xbox marketplace updates at 6 AM eastern, 5 AM central, 4 AM mountain and 3 AM pacific every Tuesday, so that’s when we’ll have access to Dawnguard.

  • Jon L.

    I don’t understand the XBOX 30-day exclusivity. It doesn’t benefit me at all that people with other systems have to wait for a month before getting the DLC. Why is this a good idea?

    • Edward Marquez

      It’s not beneficial for players but it’s beneficial for Microsoft. Everyone currently on the fence about which console to buy the game for may just choose Xbox because of the DLC exclusivity. Microsoft has secured timed exclusives for the Resident Evil Demo, and Black Ops 2 DLC too. It’s all business.