Keep the home fires burning.
Are you looking to upgrade from your Skyrim starter home? Not satisfied with that castle you got to live in after you finished Dawnguard? Do you like to spend money, running from vendor to vendor? If you answered yes to any, or all, of these questions you might be interested in the latest DLC for Skyrim. Hearthfire gives you the ability to build your own house, from the ground up, in case that was something your were interested in.
What You Get
The Skyrim Hearthfire DLC pack adds a quest, delivered by a messenger the next time you rest, that starts you on your way to building your very own house. Only, you’ll have to pay 5000 Gold (in game) to buy the land before you get started. Once you purchase your plot, just outside of Falkreath, there will be a Drafting Table and Carpenter’s Workbench there waiting for you.
To build your house, you’ll create plans at the drafting table and then build each piece at the carpenter’s workbench. You’ll be starting out with just a small house, but as you start adding pieces you will gain access to more and more different types of add-ons. Each structure requires a number of different building materials that you’ll have to collect yourself. Some things can be purchased anywhere, like Iron to make nails, but others, like sawn logs, can only be purchased from the owner of a saw mill.
Stone and clay can be mined from points near your manner but as the items you’re building become more complex you’ll be sent off to track down other components like glass, straw and other rarer metals. If you build your manner up in such a way that it can accommodate guests, you can even adopt children. Something I found… weird. When it’s all said and done, you can come up with a pretty impressive building but that will take a considerable amount of time and money.
Considering that you don’t get much in the way of gameplay out of this DLC, I don’t feel like it justifies the $4.99 price tag. If are starting a new run through of Skyrim, from the beginning, the Hearthfire DLC might be worth it to you, but it isn’t something that’s going to draw you back into the game like a new adventure would.
Release Date: September 4th, 2012
Price: $4.99 (400 MS points)