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Skyrim supports the Vampire/Werewolf community
The Elder Scrolls series is pretty renowned for letting players create virtual lives. From appearance to gear, just about everything is customizable and this includes your character’s lifestyle. I am, of course, referring to the ability to choose whether you want to be a vampire, a werewolf, or neither. The latest entry, Skyrim, is no different. While the vanilla game let you have this option from the get go, the expansion, Dawnguard, takes it to a whole new level. As I’ve stated before, I’ve been a little late to the Skyrim party. When I created my Khajiit character, I knew I had to make him a werewolf, mainly because it would be funny. Upon experiencing the majesty of being said werewolf, I was in awe!
Now it’s safe to say vampires are a bit more common in gaming than werewolves. The only other game that let you play as a werewolf, aside from the Elder Scrolls games, that I could remember in my years of gaming was an old NES title I remember renting a few times. When looking back at games such as Bloodrayne and Vampire: The Masquerade, it’s clear that Skyrim shines brighter because it lets the player experience the monster aspect as well as the hiding in society, Blade type of vampire. Don’t get me wrong though, I loved Vampire: The Masquerade and Bloodrayne II was a fantastic game.
Skyrim succeeds brilliantly in doing both of these beasts justice. It’s hard not get all giddy when raiding a bandit camp as werewolf and watching them flee in terror knowing they have no prayer against me. Crushing heads, tearing people to shreds, or even just tossing them aside (I love the finisher animations), it’s an incredibly satisfying experience because it gives you the power this fictional beast is supposed to have.
The same can be said for the Vampire Lord. While I have not personally played as the Vampire Lord, I have seen it first hand and cannot wait to try it myself. While leaving the traditional human aspect of vampires completely intact, the transformation into a Lord lets players use magic and toss enemies around like you’d expect Dracula from Castlevania to do in one of his many monstrous forms.
Very seldomly does a game let you feel the power of these supernatural wonders. It seems like most games have you fight against them. This is why when a game comes around that lets you play as a werewolf or a monstrous vampire, it’s nice to know that not only do you have that option but that they portrayed them in a superb way. If you want to play as a werewolf or Vampire Lord with immense power, Skyrim and Dawnguard are the duo to make that dream come true!