The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a great game on its own but many players will tell you that you’ve not really enjoyed Skyrim to its full extent unless you’ve played with mods. Mods for everything from creating new spells for you to cast to adding more interesting NPCs have been keeping the game fresh and relevant to players for years now, and one of the most impressive yet has just been released to keep us playing for many more to come.
Called Holds: The City Overhaul, this mod has been in development for more than 3 years and has a file size of 4GB. So, what do you get out of this large file size? Unsurprisingly, quite a lot. Holds takes the cities of Falkreath, Winterhold, and Dawnstar (which aren’t the most expansive locations the game offers for exploration) and rebuilds them from scratch adding more uniquely designed buildings, more people, and more lore.
The creator, Galandil, has also added new settlements across the map which will also have their own architecture, outfits, and characters to uncover as well adding books they’ve written themselves to the Book Store in Falkreath, the Haafingar Library in Solitude and The Palace of Kings Library in Windhelm, all in the hopes of making the game “a more memorable and diverse experience.”
Galandil, who’s been working on Holds every day for around 2 hours since November 2012, posted the mod on Nexusmods saying:
“This is not a botanical garden mod, nor is it a beautification mod. Holds aims to stay as lore-friendly as possible and at the same time expand on the backgrounds and stories for its locations.
This is an extensive and impressive mod and it looks like it’s only going to grow, with some stated plans being to add new quests, new guilds, and maybe even more locations. The only drawback is that Galandil does advise that players start a new playthrough after installing the mod to avoid location-based bugs and crashes. For players who only have a small number of characters that they’ve invested hundreds of hours into this is a fairly big ask, but Holds does look promising enough to give it a try.