The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® - Hearthfire™
Third party DRM: SteamThis game requires a free Steam account to play.
Requires The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (base game) to use this DLC
With this official add-on to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you can purchase land and build your own home from the ground up - from a simple one-room cottage to a sprawling compound complete with an armory, alchemy laboratory, stable, garden, and more. Use all-new tools like the drafting table and carpenter’s workbench to transform quarried stone, clay, and sawn logs into structures and furnishings. Even transform your house into a home by adopting children.
Choose Your Land:
Choose from property in the salt marshes of Hjaalmarch, the forests of Falkreath, or the vast tundra of The Pale. For the more ambitious landowner, purchase multiple plots and start building a real estate empire.
Customize Your Home:
Expand your home with a variety of room combinations including an armory, alchemy tower, kitchen, trophy room and more. Grow plants in your new greenhouse, cultivate slaughterfish in the fish hatchery, house your Arcane Enchanter in the enchanting tower, or display your latest conquest in the trophy room. Add additional features like stables, mills, smelters, gardens and more.
New Objectives and Interactions:
Guard your home from unwanted visitors like marauding kidnappers, armed bandits, and skeever infestations. Turn almost any follower into your personal steward to improve and protect your home. Or if you require more help, hire a personal bard or carriage driver to ease the burdens of home ownership.
Transform your house into a home with Hearthfire’s all-new adoption system. Adopt children and discover new ways to interact with your family. Play games with the kids, allow them to have pets and gain new bonuses from having a family.
A good little DLCSganotak | Jan. 20, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »
This DLC may not include an epic storyline with tons of new objects and quests like the other two and it Just gives you the opportunity to build your own house from scratch
The three holds of the game that didn't have a purchasable property now offer you the choice to purchase a deed and build your own house there
The housebuilding itself is pretty limited so don't expect it to have the depth of The Sims or Minecraft. However it's still pretty good since you have lots of different foundations, room types and interior design options
Outside of house building and material collecting this DLC also adds some new options, like child adoption and hiring of a follower as a steward. There are also some fun new quests like protecting your property from raids or rescuing your family from kidnappers.
A minor issue I had with the DLC is that sometimes items that you place in display cases or bookcases tend to glitch
Hearthfire is a nice small DLC at a fair price that adds a lot of interesting features to the game
For a bargain, brings life into SkyrimIthuraen | Dec. 28, 2013 | See all Ithuraen's reviews »
A DLC package that breathes a little more life and adds a sense of home and ownership to parts of Skyrim. This addon gives you a small range of land parcels that you can choose from to start building a house and home. The choices are limited unfortunately, but the price is very good for a few hours extra content and the chance to really make a family of your own in a much more personalised house than vanilla Skyrim ever offered. The customisation of the house brings its own benefits too, including extra plants in a greenhouse for alchemists, a complete forge for armourers or even a coffin in your cellar for vampires to regenerate, all giving suitable buffs for your character or certain powers.
The adoption and pet adoption mechanic seems to fit into the game seemlessly, with the childrens' interactions fully voice acted, and the stewards also reprise their role of voice actors from the followers you had in vanilla Skyrim.
There are really no faults or problems with the addon except the occasional bug I had where part of my house disappeared until I reloaded a save, but unfortunately there is no "more" to this than what's written on the box.
For a small DLC at a low price, it is worth it if you're after a house suited to your needs, if not all your wants.