Reviews for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Hearthfire S

60

Better on consoles

ConorEngelb | Aug. 14, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

While I would buy Hearthfire simply to own everything Skyrim, it doesn't add much to the game for its price. The idea of being able to construct your own home is attractive, the DLC doesn't quite pull it off. It feels scripted and empty, while the free mods available to do the same thing are a good deal more immersive and of higher quality. Better for console players, then, who can't mod their Skyrim.

81

This is for those people...

bercilak | July 7, 2013 | See all bercilak's reviews »

...who don't trust community mods.

I must admit I was one of those people at first, too scared to use mods that can be made by anyone due to the inability to be 100% sure that there won't be compatibility issues with other mods that corrupt save files.

This is where Hearthfire comes in, it adds the ability to construct your own in-game Skyrim homes and kit them out how you want (within limits). I loved building my houses, adopting the children and harvesting my own crops from my greenhouse and catching my fish in the hatchery. It's a cheap addition to the game, which doesn't add many hours more play-time but does add abilities such as adoption, stabled horses, more house-carls, as well as more item storage facilities.

Overall, this DLC is a good addition to Skyrim; not so much for people who happily download community mods, but for those who prefer to stay within "official" programs but still want customisation this is perfect.

72

Could be done with mods.

drafek | June 19, 2013 | See all drafek's reviews »

The dlc is a nice addon don't get me wrong, it includes some nice features you can adoption a child, sadly there aren't non-human races. Some new items do get added which always is nice. You can choose where you want to build your house sadly it's in the wild. The building process is done pretty well. But the thing is this could be done with mods, eventhough you couldn't use your land at the mod you could build your own house and that house was in my opinion more beatiful. There are adoption mods, eventhough they weren't as good as this dlc you could adopt non-human races. Overal the dlc is cheap and worth getting, if you like skyrim.

32

Rather disappointing

simpkinscm | May 15, 2013 | See all simpkinscm's reviews »

Hearthfire is major let-down as a DLC. Though the amount of added content is fairly large, the impact in the game was minimal. Personally, I feel that the customizability options are much less than advertised. Instead of being able to change a multitude of options, the customization is more boiled down to if you want a room and what side of the house it should. The internal decoration options are much larger, but I can’t help but feel let down by the actual home options.
On a separate note, since the focus of Skyrim is exploration, having a house essentially acts as a place to store items you don’t wish to carry around. So the amount of time you spend in your house is essentially none. If the options for home design were much greater, I would have enjoyed being able to make my home look as I wanted it, however since this DLC is supposed to be about being able to do that, I can’t recommend this DLC to anyone.

75

Good if you Want RPG Features, Otherwise Look Elsewhere

cybrxkhan | May 3, 2013 | See all cybrxkhan's reviews »

Hearthfire offers some new RPG elements for those looking for a bit more RPG depth in Skyrim, particularly when it comes to relationships and feeling like you're really settling into the immersive world of Skyrim. However, this DLC isn't for everyone - it probably isn't for a lot of PC players. Firstly, while amusing, Hearthfire does not add any deep questlines, locations, or lore that would keep players entertained for many more hours. Secondly, a number of the features available - such as custom houses - have already been done by other modders. This is less a problem on consoles where there isn't any access to mods. Ultimately, Hearthfire is not really a necessary DLC at all. While fun and charming in a way, it's only really worth it if it's on sale - it doesn't add a lot and there are plenty of mods that offer much more for free.

78

Great addition

lok0812 | May 3, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

While this DLC did not add any story content into the game but it gives the player an alternative things to do rather than the usual killing in Skyrim. This DLC adds 3 plots of land that the player can purchase then build your own house on it. New additions includes building and upgrading your house with different types of fixtures to servants, ability to adopt orphans, and defending your house against monsters. Great addition for people who are looking for something else to do in the world of Skyrim.