There was nothing worse than hearing of some grand, far off city in Skyrim, only to trek miles across the frozen wilderness and find a small gathering of three of four mud huts. City my arse. Even Oblivion's Imperial City is bigger than anything on offer in Skyrim. Well enter stage left a mightily impressive new Skyrim mod called Holds: The City Overhaul, which radically revamps a number of the townships.
From the looks of it pretty much every city and town has been given a bit of a tidy up, but it's the cities of Falkreath, Dawnstar and Winterhold that have improved the most. Each looks denser, more detailed, and, well, a whole more lifelike. They’re fantasy cities as you’d imagine them to be, rather than an inbred sheep-herding family gathered round a campfire.
"The aim of all of this is to create a more memorable and diverse experience," wrote Galandil, the mod's creator, over on Nexus Mods."Making the cities actually feel like cities hopefully without ruining the natural and realistic design of the vanilla game.
"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."
Being in the middle of replaying Skyrim, I'm tempted to give this mod a whirl. It was a real bugbear of mine to see these basic, small towns passed off as grand cities, and on the basis of the video this mod does a great job of addressing this.