The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn Review
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn Box Art
System: Xbox 360
Dev: Bethesda
Pub: Bethesda
Release: December 4, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol

In fact, I encountered this very problem during my own playthrough. The solution I found was to hold down the Shout button for longer than you normally would; that seems to make the shout actually connect. You see, it seems like the Shout itself is the problem here, as I could rapidly push the Shout button and rapid-fire shouts like a Dragonborn machinegun. However, these shouts didn’t actually do anything (besides look kind of cool, I suppose.) The time I finally got it to work, I simply held down the button for several seconds, until I actually saw it connect.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Dragonborn Screenshot

And then there are the normal Skyrim oddities, like the game freezing at inconvenient times and NPCs getting stuck in loops where they keep trying to kill your companion for no reason. It all makes me wonder why Bethesda couldn’t hold off an extra month or so on this content to make sure it actually worked properly. Then again, that’s the same thing I’ve been wondering ever since Skyrim first came out.

Ultimately, though, this is Skyrim’s most ambitious expansion to date. It adds a whole new landmass to explore (or re-explore), new mob types to kill, new potion ingredients to collect, and an absurd amount of side content to simply marvel at. Sure, it comes with a ton of bugs, and some of those bugs are damn near game-breaking, but if you can give Bethesda yet another (probably undeserved) pass here, Dragonborn has a ton of content to enjoy.

Josh Wirtanen
Editor / Social Media
Date: December 7, 2012

It’s great to see some Morrowind-style scenery in Skyrim’s game engine.
It still feels like Skyrim.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There’s a ton of new dialogue. I just wish Hermaeus Mora didn’t speak so slowly.
Play Value
A fairly large new chunk of land to explore. Unfortunately, there is also a whole new slew of bugs to deal with.
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • With this official add-on for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, journey off the coast of Morrowind, to the island of Solstheim. Encounter new towns, dungeons, and quests, as you traverse the ash wastes and glacial valleys of this new land.
  • Become more powerful with new shouts that bend the will of your enemies and even tame dragons.
  • Your fate, and the fate of Solstheim, hangs in the balance as you face off against your deadliest adversary - the first Dragonborn.

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