Hearthfire or Dragonborn?

#1 Posted by Pierre42 (81 posts) -

Hey duders,

So Dragonborn arrived on the PSN this week at a neat half price too but I heard the other DLC would be out soon. Since I'm not loaded I'd only like 2 bits of Skyrim's DLC and Dawnguard is a definite. So should I get Dragonborn or Hearthfire. I'm currently leaning towards Dragonborn because I believe Hearthfire is just...house building and kids however after seeing them dump generic draugr in Morrowind of all places in the QL for Dragonborn I'm not so sure. My pal is like "HEY YOU CAN RIDE A DRAGON!" but I'm wondering if Hearthfire has any hidden gems making it really worth getting so I'm wondering what thoughts other guys have on the DLC, especially if they've played the DLC already and so can make recommendations.

Thanks duders!

#2 Posted by Chaser324 (6316 posts) -

Dragonborn might still have draugr in places, but it's a very significant chunk of new content. Plenty of new areas, new abilities, and new enemies to make it worth it.

Hearthfire on the other hands is pretty throw away.

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#3 Posted by Aishan (1009 posts) -

Out of curiousity, why is Dawnguard a definite for you?

Hearthfire is great for what it is (a housing mod, essentially), but Dragonborn has proper content.

Also, the Draugr originated in Morrowind: Bloodmoon, so that really shouldn't put you off Dragonborn.

#4 Posted by mikey87144 (1662 posts) -

Uh, why not get both? If you take advantage of the first week sales you'd be buying all three for $22.50. Dragonborn is the only must buy of the three in my opinion. It introduces some new things and I believe there is a way to respec your character in Dragonborn. For $2.50 why not get Hearthfire? It gives you the ability to build your own house and it adds some nice quests to protect your homestead.

#5 Edited by Gravier251 (217 posts) -

There really is nothing to Hearthfire beyond wandering back and forth to town buying assorted ingots over and over, along with lumber mill wood, etc. And eventually after some time having a house along with the option to adopt kids. That is all of it really. Dragonborn is a lot more extensive and also a lot better in layout than Dawnguard aswell. It provides you with a self contained island to explore with new content whereas Dawnguard (especially if you have played a bunch of skyrim) tends to just repopulate dungeons you have already cleared for the side content.

And yeah, Draugr are indeed nothing new to the island of Solthsteim. The Nordic Skaal tribe have lived there a very long time and most of the names present for areas of the island back in Morrowind were Nord in nature rather than Dunmer.

Out of Dawnguard and Dragonborn the latter has been the more diverse and interesting of the two (Apocrypha especially) so I definitely wouldn't pass up that one in favour of either of the others.

You should be fine skipping Hearthfire though, unless you really want yet another house to dump loot in.

#6 Edited by Pierre42 (81 posts) -

@aishan said:

Out of curiousity, why is Dawnguard a definite for you?

Hearthfire is great for what it is (a housing mod, essentially), but Dragonborn has proper content.

Also, the Draugr originated in Morrowind: Bloodmoon, so that really shouldn't put you off Dragonborn.

I suppose so but I liked the look of Dawnguard, Werewolf skill tree for one sounds appealing. Cool vampire forms are also interesting but killing them looks more fun.

Still at the time of posting I hadn't realised Hearthfire would be so cheap on arrival but we'll see thanks for the advice.

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