The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition includes the downloadable content (DLC)expansions Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn. Since the original Skyrim has already been reviewed, I will focus mainly on what extras the Skyrim Legendary Edition brings you.
To be completely honest, I have never liked The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, in fact I have never liked any of The Elder Scrolls games. The thing is; I have never played more than 20 minutes of any of the games. In my time reviewing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition, I found I did not dislike the game as much as I thought I did, but I still cannot say that I am a fan of the game, some of you might dislike me for this but it’s just personal opinion.
This new edition of the game seeks to correct the criticism that the game is too easy. For a game that allows you to battle dragons and absorb their abilities, it is hard to believe that anyone would find this game too easy. For the hard-core RPG (role-playing game) fan, this game features a Legendary difficulty. You are also able to level up your skills without end and make them Legendary, this allows you to remove the level cap and maximize your skills.
Dawnguard revolves around vampires, one of the many races in the province of Skyrim. You must decide whether to ally yourself with the Dawnguard, a company of resilient troops dedicated to hunting and eradicating all vampires, or to become a vampire yourself, which has its strengths and weaknesses. If you really want to, you can play the DLC twice to see both sides of the story. Of course, me being a vampire fan, I chose to become one of them.
Joining the vampires gives you the ability to transform into a vampire lord. In this guise you hover above the ground, draining health from your enemies and dealing a lot of melee damage. You can also summon gargoyles to fight for you and turn into a cloud of bats to teleport nearby. It’s not always ideal playing as a vampire lord, as you’ll sometimes find yourself too big to get through doorways. You’ll also be attacked on sight in the major towns and cities if you transform, I died too many times to count doing this.
This is an entirely different side to the game, it allows you to build and kit out your own, ultimate house for your character. You can buy a house in the five largest cities in Skyrim, or you can build your own mansion with the included Hearthfire DLC. The DLC also adds the option to adopt up to two children. Being a huge Sims fan, this excited me a lot. To be honest, this was my most favourite part of the game.
You can build up to three houses in the countryside, and customise its size and different wings. You can choose to build an armoury on one wing to store and display your weapons and armour and a master bedroom on the opposite wing to give your spouse, children and yourself luxurious sleeping quarters. You can also grow your own vegetables and alchemical ingredients for making into potions as well as own a cow and chickens. One downside is you can’t customise the layout of the inside of your house, after you choose to furnish your house, each item has its set place and can’t be moved or removed.
Dragonborn leads you to a new island, off the coast of Skyrim. The southern half of the island is covered in volcanic ash and is very different to the mainland. There is another insane amount of questing to do here which ends with you fighting against the deadliest foe of the game, the first Dragonborn. This guy is very similar to you, but a lot older and very difficult to fight. I would hate to try and beat him on the Legendary difficulty.
All-in-all, the Skyrim Legendary Expansion wasn’t a complete waste of time for me, and I might just play until I finish every single quest there is, I don’t like to leave a game unfinished. It is a great buy for someone that has never played the game before, but for the fans that have already bought all the DLC, it would be a bit of a waste of money. All I can say to newbies is, stay away from the Trolls, of any kind. You run 30 minutes to get to a place and then die to a Troll, it gets very frustrating as you have to run all that way again.