There are many exciting things downloadable content usually offers for open world RPGs. We all love new quests, gear, enemies, stories, characters, and above all, areas to explore. The disappointing thing about Hearthfire, is that it really offers none of these, other than wooden swords and generic characters. However, Hearthfire is in its own, a fairly cool expansion. Running you a measly $5, this expansion offers the ability to build and customize your own house, and adopt children to raise as your own.
It allows to the ability to buy three separate plots of land in Hjaalmarch (Morthal), The Pale (Dawnstar), and Falkreath (Falkreath) to build said houses. The customization is pretty cool, letting you build extra wings of the house with rooms such as an alchemy tower, trophy room, kitchen, enchanter’s tower, master bedrooms, armory, and many more. Raising a child is also pretty cool, as it allows you to give them gifts and play games with them like Hide and Seek and Tag. Hearthfire does offer some pretty cool things for $5.
That being said, Hearthfire is not for everybody. It requires you to do several aimless and boring tasks essentially making you run back and forth between several different blacksmiths to buy several hundred iron and corundum ingots. You also have to go to general stores to buy hay, wood, animal skins and other random things to actually make the beds, tables, decorations, etc. My level 65 character (who has 150,000+ gold) was constantly running around buying these random essentials just to build a house that really doesn’t offer you anything that the normal houses the game don’t already offer. The adopted children can even move into your normal houses after buying a children’s bedroom.
The customization in some places isn’t really even customizable; it’s more based on how rich your character is than your character’s personality. For example, in my living room I was hanging animal heads as decoration, but you can’t decide which ones to hang. It tells you the materials for each one and creates the decoration the same every time. So in other words, you HAVE to have a Sabre Cat, Goat, Mudcrab and Bear hanging in your entryway if you want decoration. You can’t choose to have, say, four bear heads hanging to give it your own touch. This is the biggest flaw of Hearthfire.
Hearthfire is cool, don’t get me wrong, but it’s nothing amazing. It’s worth the $5 dollars for people who are dedicated to the franchise and like to build and show off wealth. If you’re looking for a large expansion with quests, items, monster, etc. you might want to hold off.
*Not much content
I give Skyrim: Hearthfire a 3/5. (If it cost anymore it would have been a 2/5.)