The "Skyrim: Dawnguard Expansion Pack" downloadable content pack for Xbox 360, PS3, & PC-Steam gamers, arrives February 26. The expansion pack is available here right now for free on all consoles.
Don’t accuse The Elder Scrolls of selling out to the modern-day pop-culture vampire craze. The venerable role-playing series has been in the blood-sucking business for years, and so there’s nothing to forgive when Dawnguard, the first expansion pack for endless epic Skyrim, boasts a vampire-centric premise. In fact, you’ll be thankful Dawnguard went down this road. That’s primarily because the new campaign – accessed at character level 10 or higher either by talking to city guards or meeting a courier – is effectively two games in one. As you delve deeper into the mystery of a vampire plague loosed upon Tamriel, you’ll be recruited by an ancient group of vampire hunters known as the Dawnguard – and you’ll have the option to either fight against the neck-biters or become one of them. I chose the former for my first play-through and plowed through in about eight hours, but that was with my high-level, high-damage Redguard warrior who didn’t need to spend time journeying to cities to buy or sell items. Your playtime may vary, but an average of 10-12 hours is a reasonable expectation.