The latest DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has just landed. But is it a decent extension, worthy of your time and money?
There isn't much to Hearthfire, which would be a problem if it wasn't for the conservative 400 MSP price point. If it gets downloaded, regardless of how you feel about the content itself, your unlikely to feel like you just got visited by the Thieves Guild and given a once over. It is, at the very least, cheap.
For your investment, Hearthfire offers intrepid architects, builders and interior designers, the chance to explore a different side of Skyrim, one made up of wood, clay and nails instead of magic, swords and dragons. So it's not your standard DLC, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Hearthfire doesn't offer a huge variety of options and content, but fans of Skyrim will likely be interested nonetheless. It's effectively a home building kit that allows you to construct a dwelling to your personal tastes.
The side-quest - if you can call it that - starts with a messenger inviting you out to visit a nearby Jarl (I went to Falkreath, but there are other options). Upon arrival a plot of land just outside of town is offered, and only for the measly sum of 5000 gold.
Each new plot is furnished with a drafting table, a carpenter's bench, a chest and some materials to get you started. Plans are made on the drafting table, materials are crafted on the carpenter's workbench, and in the midst of all the sawing, a house starts to take shape behind you on your new plot of land.
The first house that can be built is a little cottage. Small, yet fit for purpose, it can remain as just that, should that be desired (although if that's all your interested in, Hearthfire probably isn't for you).