Skyrim a Year Later: Dawnguard, Heartfire, Dragonborn DLCs

Skyrim wallpaperBack when Skyrim was released a year ago everyone and their mother was playing it. Whenever I tuned in to watch League of Legends streams (my ongoing addiction) most of the players were slaying dragons and Draugr for a few weeks. I spent exploring nearly every single area in Skyrim, and ended up finishing every single quest I could find.

Just today I had an unexplainable need to get back into Skyrim and continue where I left off. I went to check out whether there’s any new content released in the meantime, and found out there are three DLCs to check out: Dawnguard, Heartfire and Dragonborn.

Dawnguard

Dawnguard VampireDawnguard is the first DLC released back in August for PC, and enables you to join or fight against vampires. While the idea is intriguing, apparently it wasn’t well received with the community. It includes one rather small (by Skyrim standards) new area, three new shouts, the ability to change your character facial attributes, and that’s about it.

Fairly unimpressive and unlikely to get you to play this game again, unless you’re a hardcore Twilight fan or dying to shoot bandits with a crossbow.

Heartfire

Skyrim HeartfireHeartfire was released in October (for PC) and allows you to purchase and build your own home. No new content or quests as far as I can tell, making this the worst DLC of the three.

Dragonborn

Skyrim DragonbornDragonborn is the third DLC already released for Xbox 2 months ago, with PC and PlayStation versions coming out later this month. It includes a new area called Solstheim, previously seen in Morrowind. Judging by the screenshots it provides a much-needed break from snow-covered mountains and plains.

The biggest selling point of Dragonborn seems to be the ability to ride dragons, but apparently the controls are awful and overall the experience is disappointing. From what I can gather the new area and quests are really well done, so it might be worth trying out.


Overall one of the most popular and biggest selling games in 2012 which earned millions and millions received almost no content a year after release. The first two DLCs are fairly disappointing (which I wouldn’t mind so much if they were free), and the third one is coming in the next month or so for us PC users. Overall it might provide me with 10-20 hours of gameplay, but considering how incredibly massive the original game is I’m surprised there isn’t more content, and it’s going to be quite awhile before The Elder Scrolls Online is released.

I do sincerely hope there will be more content coming for Skyrim. Frankly, there’s a few player-created mods that offer more gameplay than the official updates. I should be unpacking an expansion right now and taking a two week vacation, not pondering whether or not to install a few underwhelming DLCs.

Abeona Skyrim Strategy Guide – My Thoughts

Abeona Skyrim Strategy Guide

Abeona Skyrim Strategy Guide - cover

I just came across this Skyrim guide a couple of days ago, and I was immediately surprised by it’s quality. My only regret is that I haven’t read this guide before I started playing Skyrim, as the tips and tactics Abeona provides are invaluable and would help me build a much better character and ensure I could progress through levels more quickly.

But what’s done is done. Even though I’ve been playing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for several weeks now, I still found this strategy guide highly useful. Skyrim is an enormous game and you can never find and learn everything by yourself in such a short time: that’s why having Abeona guide to help you through the game with tips, secrets, tactics, strategies and walkthroughs is extremely helpful and the insight this guide provides is unmatched in quality to any other resource I’ve found so far.

Even if you’ve been playing Skyrim for awhile now, trust me you’ll still find this guide useful. I know I did! It’s incredibly detailed and shows you the best and fastest way to do literally anything in this game, whether you want to finish the main quest fast, explore everything, kill as many dragons as possible, level up your character to 70+ in a week, get the best enchants or many other things. Indeed this is one guide that is worth getting and the tips it provides are invaluable to both new and veteran players of this game.

Abeona Skyrim Strategy Guide is a wonderful resource to have while playing this game and I highly recommend you check it out.

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Prima Official Skyrim Strategy Guide

Unlike most other game guides I’ve come across Skyrim actually has a pretty decent official game strategy guide. It’s published by Prima and is in fact over 650 pages long, which is quite a lot.

Unlike most unofficial strategy guides this one unfortunately doesn’t contain too much in-depth game mechanic analysis or pro secrets that would give you a significant edge in this game. However, despite that it’s fairly comprehensive and as already mentioned, quite large. 650 pages of content do in fact contain some useful information. Here’s a quick checklist of what you can find in Prima Skyrim strategy guide:

FREE ACCESS to the interactive world map – Code inside

The interactive world map includes over 150 location maps covering all 9 Hold cities. Each map shows the locations of every vendor, trainer, skill book, NPC, and unique item in the realm. You can toggle points of interest on and off and zoom in and out.

Large map Poster inside

Labeled with important locations, major roads, and hold capitals

A Champion for Skyrim

Multiple character builds based on hundreds of hours of playtesting reveal exactly what Skills, Perks, equipment, and other items to pick, and how to advance through the game, no matter the type of character you want to be.

All Collectibles Gathered

If you’re searching Skyrim for Skill Books, Unique Items and Weapons, every single Shout, Dragon Priest Masks, Treasure Maps, Unusual Gems, or even Captured Critters, we show you where every rare item is.

The Atlas of Skyrim

A comprehensive tour of every single location, from the vast Hold Cities to the smallest woodland den. Every major exploration point receives a walkthrough flagging important items, with detailed maps throughout.

Prowess in Combat

Every weapon, piece of equipment, and spell is detailed so you know which blade, bow, or incantation to crush your enemies with. Every type of combat is tactically analyzed, so you can better any foe in battle.

Trainers and Traders

Skyrim is full of merchants to barter with, and trainers to further increase your Skill, Crafting, and Bartering proficiencies. Every alchemist, blacksmith, innkeeper, trainer, Khajiit caravan, and other vendor revealed.

Followers and Friends

Build your friendships across Skyrim and locate every Follower with information inside this guide. Become a Thane. Own property. Marry your favorite Housecarl. Details inside.


In all honesty I’d much rather have an unofficial guide as they tend to be a lot more detailed, but Prima guide is quite serious still and the contents are useful, especially for those players who really hate to miss anything in games. This Elder Scrolls V guide will tell you the locations of great weapons and equipment, crafting vendors, collectibles and more. It’ll also help you plan your character by giving you its overview before you waste time with leveling.

The interactive map you gain access to is also very useful, and as mentioned it includes locations of vendors, trainers, skill books and more. With over 150 areas covered and 9 cities, it’s definitely better than any wiki or fansite, at least currently.

You can get Prima Skyrim Guide as a paperback or a hardcover edition — my recommendation is hardcover. You’ll be using it plenty and there’s hardly much difference in price. It costs less than $24 which is definitely a bargain.

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