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  • Summary: For the first time in the Elder Scrolls universe, purchase land and build your own home from the ground up - from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with armory, alchemy laboratory, trophy room, and more! With Hearthfire, the possibilities of what you can build are endless.

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  1. PC Master (Greece)
    Feb 6, 2013
    65
    Even with its low price, Hearthfire is only for a handful of crazy fans of the game. [November 2012]
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  1. Dec 22, 2016
    8
    It's fun, but definitely not practical. Not necessary, either. Skyrim is already perfect the way it is, you don't need the ability to buildIt's fun, but definitely not practical. Not necessary, either. Skyrim is already perfect the way it is, you don't need the ability to build your own home. As a matter of fact, you hardly use your home anyway. You're usually off slaying dragons or pickpocketing the clothes off of the NPC's. Expand
  2. Dec 4, 2014
    5
    Hearthfire is a simply O.K DLC.

    It allows you to build your own house and "customize" it. The problem is, it's one massive time sink.
    Hearthfire is a simply O.K DLC.

    It allows you to build your own house and "customize" it.

    The problem is, it's one massive time sink.

    There isn't much true customization, and not a massive load gets added to the game. It does at least give you something extra to do or spend money in.

    For Role Players, I'd give it a 7/10 for adding something extra to RP with. But for other people I'd give it a 5/10.
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  3. Jul 4, 2014
    4
    Unless you're a huge fan of the base game and need everything related to Skyrim, or if you're an achievement hunter, there is really no reasonUnless you're a huge fan of the base game and need everything related to Skyrim, or if you're an achievement hunter, there is really no reason to get this DLC. Hearthfire simply adds the ability to build your own house. You get three separate, predetermined plots of land that you can buy and build a house. Each house will looks the same except for the three wings you can add. There are three choices for each win so you'll be able to build each wing once if you build up each of your houses. You can then decorate it, but you don't get to choose where to put the cosmetic things, that's all predetermined as well. You also now have the option to adopt up to 2 children There children will hang out at your house with your wife and sometimes gather gifts for you (such as ingredients, gems, clothing, etc) but will mostly just beg you to play 'tag" with them, give them gold, or buy them a gift. It's nice coming into your own house and seeing a somewhat personalized space where you can keep all your loot, but it's really not worth the price. Expand
  4. Jan 27, 2017
    4
    When I read about Hearthfire's content, I thought that it would offer the perfect fantasy homestead, and my expectations soared high; itWhen I read about Hearthfire's content, I thought that it would offer the perfect fantasy homestead, and my expectations soared high; it sounded like a great addition to such a content-heavy game, and could perhaps offer a new kind of interactivity, far from the dungeon-raiding which forms the bulk of Skyrim's gameplay. After spending some time choosing from a small list of pre-determined layouts, filling the house with pre-determined furniture, and crafting a whole lot of nonsense, I have to say that Hearthfire has loads of potential, but is still undeniably unsatisying. From the way that it was advertised, it sounded like you could build a house and customize every inch of it to your liking; probably even get some new story events to happen every now and then. The truth about Hearthfire is that you're just filling up the small blanks that the designers have set up, where the house and everything inside its four corners need to be crafted so as to engage the player. The absolute worst part about it is that you can't determine where to place the furniture, making the promise of personalization an illusion. If you were expecting The Sims level of customization, better look at the mods out there, which offer far more content and customization than this DLC.

    Having your own homestead has its advantages, though. Compared to the vanilla houses, homesteads act as all-purpose bases, where you could craft, smith, and enchant within an arm's reach. You could also purchase other conveniences like a garden, a smelter, and a stable for all the side-quest related stuff. If you have a follower, you could turn him/her into a steward for your house, and will do some furnishing if you tell him/her to; he/she can even be requested to buy some building materials if the player finds hunting the necessary items tedious. Some of the more exciting stuff in Hearthfire involve fighting curious giants that appear right at your doorstep, or rescuing kidnapped family members from bandits whether by coin or by blade - though I have to wonder why the steward of the house, who is equipped with a full daedric set, could still lose and die to a couple of petty bandits.

    Overall, this is an average DLC and you could ignore this if you want to. Just remember: it strictly does what it advertised, and it follows to a solid point. It's not as content-filled as Dragonborn or Dawnguard, and you could do some of the minor features of a homestead in the vanilla houses and their surrounding cities, so I suggest buying it on sale, even with the current price. For the achievement hunters, there's 5 achievements waiting for you, and is required for full achievement completion on the base game.

    And there you have it.
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  5. Sep 24, 2014
    3
    I love Dawnguard and Dragonborn.

    Hearthfire sucks. I thought that the ability to build your own house sounded awesome. It was implemented
    I love Dawnguard and Dragonborn.

    Hearthfire sucks. I thought that the ability to build your own house sounded awesome. It was implemented horribly. It is tedious, structured and limiting. There's very little you can do to customize your house. The locations are boring and you cannot change them. Gathering materials is a pain in the butt, just cheat them in, seriously. The interiors are rather bland and ugly, as are the exteriors. The original houses in Skyrim, while smaller, are more unique.
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