Dawnguard is the primary downloadable extension to Skyrim, the super-epic shock bestseller of 2011.
In it you will both assist slay Lord Harkon and his vampiric horde or be part of up and lead the blood-sucking onslaught, gaining powers that embrace the power to show right into a cloud of bats and telekinetically choke enemies, Vader type. Life as a nine-foot vampire lord is not all giggles, although: you will not match by many doorways, cannot loot treasure chests, and your blood boils in daylight. Reasonably inconvenient, particularly for higher-level characters, it is a trade-off that will not really feel like a very whole lot. Whichever faction you go for, you may wield crossbows and shoot them from horseback at new monsters together with demise hounds, gargoyles and legendary dragons on this 10-ish hour jaunt. It is good to satisfy extra Skyrim inhabitants and beef up the talents of vampires and werewolves, however with just a few further places to find, Dawnguard is enjoyable, however hardly important.
Bethesda, 1,600 Micrsoft Factors (approx £13.60)
You are Captain Walker, main a three-man particular forces workforce into the collapsing remnants of sandstorm-ravaged Dubai seeking the misplaced thirty third Battalion and its renegade commander. Meaning pinwheeling between chaotic sand-blown exteriors and shotgun-strewn interiors, utilizing gun turrets and declaring targets in your chaps in a situation that nearly redefines “well-worn”. It is lifted by its setting, although, which makes excellent use of the crumbling opulence, juxtaposing deserted supercars and huge tropical fish tanks with the standard head-stomping, corpse-charring brutality, and in addition by its retelling of Joseph Conrad’s Coronary heart Of Darkness, delivering numerous alternatives for Apocalypse Now references. Whereas glad to take pot photographs at designated targets, your workforce mates aren’t notably deadly. The shock of capturing American troopers by no means manages to really feel particularly unsettling, but it surely’s an immersive few hours nonetheless.
2K Games, £39.99
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