I can assure you that if you mention The Sims to anyone in your immediate vicinity, they would know what it is. Yes, we are talking about those virtual people that you control; from their food and water intake to their careers and love lives. I’ve seen some awesome (and brutal) stuff that you can do with just the base game, from creating massive buildings of wonder to enjoying the miracles of birth and raising a family. There are also ways to turn people into vampires and make them swim to death, but that’s for a later list.
Although The Sims is great as is, what if we can enhance the base playing experience by adding mods into the mix?
Modifications provide an additional layer of fun made by us: the fans and players. These can include automating gameplay, subtly changing the look and feel of the game and its characters, all the way down to controlling every aspect of the game itself. To help you along with your Sims 4 experience, here are 10 MUST have mods for The Sims 4!
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10. Daily Save Mod
I’m sure there are many times in your gaming career where you would like to be duking it out in a fight or to be in a very stressful moment which requires meticulous finesse, only to have yourself get killed or fail the mission.
If the feeling of failure wasn’t bad enough — wait for the sinking feeling of forgetting to save!
The Sims 4 base game offers an autosave which isn’t at all robust. However, Daily Save Mod (coded by temptest) can save your progress every game day, using seven rotating slots. This ensures you have many chances to undo your mistake whether you have killed your Sim or destroyed your house!
9. Emotional Inertia
For various reasons, people want their gameplay to have more depth or be more immersive. As we all know, The Sims 4 has personality algorithms that can place Sims in moods depending on conversations and the environment. However, these feelings and moods can be predictable and not feel genuine (to the more hardcore players).
To enhance the immersion, roBurky coded the amazing Emotional Inertia Mod, which manipulates the moods of Sims. This extends the duration of certain moods depending on their levels of feelings, to deliver a more authentic feel to the emotions the Sims have. Emotional management takes a bit more planning and makes the Sims more human and relatable.
8. Teen Careers For All Ages
Don’t you hate growing up? Having to get an ‘adult job' and forgo the fun and exciting times when you were working in fast food or as a babysitter? Well, with this mod by plasticbox, Teen Careers for All Ages allows Sims (regardless of their age) to apply for any previously labeled ‘teen’ job.
For those hardcore role-players out there, this provides a perfect opportunity to create some additional stories for the Sims. Besides, why can’t a 60-year-old Sim be a burger-flipper or a retail assistant? Ageists!
7. Default Easel Paintings Replace
When going through some games, do you look at their art and go "YUCK"? The Sims 4 is the same. Some of the generic artworks don’t really suit the theme or the aesthetic of what it should be.
A coder by the name of DaisyTighfield has made a simple mod named Default Easel Paintings Replaced. Within the pack, they have replaced the standard ‘meh’ paintings with an amazing range of artwork to really pop your décor. You can even replace some paintings with your own!
6. Fairies Mod
Humans — BAH! So boring right? Some gamers like to stretch the realms of reality and enter a fantasy land of their own making. Nyx has created a magical mod aptly named Fairies Mod, which allows the player to turn their Sims into fairies.
Any Sim can be blessed (or cursed) with this gift by pleading with the new addition, the fairy tree, and be transformed into a winged wonder. Awesome features (such as having auras, both good and bad, which affect the moods of all immediate Sims around them), customizable wings, and even magic, adds an additional layer of creativity and playthrough.
5. Get To College Mod V2
I remember playing The Sims 2 and 3 and thoroughly enjoying the playthrough of taking my Sims on their journey for higher education with its trials and tribulations. It is a shame that EA isn’t releasing (in any foreseeable future) an expansion pack like The Sims 2 and 3 for university life. However, we have the next best thing.
Started by simmythesim and revived by itasam2, Get To College Mod V2 allows The Sims 4 players to experience life in a college as close as possible. This heavy and packed mod includes three majors that the Sim can choose from, class schedules, and, of course, graduation. I must warn you though, it is a heavy mod and requires a lot of investment, but it is worth the work!
4. Gender Preference Mod
Love is love in the real world, right? Why shouldn’t it extend to our Sims as well! Azoresman has coded a simple mod called Gender Preference Set, which allows the player to change—you guessed it—the gender preference for your Sim.
There are four options that the player can choose from: male, female, both, and none. In recent updates to the mod, the player can dictate the percentage of preference via a slider; evermore increasing the flexibility the player has in creating the perfect Sim that fits their story (if there is one).
3. Height Slider
The Sims have always prided themselves on the ability to fully customize characters; from their body type to their hair to their facial features. But the one thing that you cannot do in The Sims 4 is changing the height! How bizarre is that? Not to fear though; GODJUL1 has coded a small mod called Height Slider, which allows you to change the height of a Sim with a simple drag of the mouse.
This mod will help create a bit of difference and uniqueness between your Sims. As a reminder, this is a custom mod. Actions, such as kissing and hugging, may look strange as the characters aren’t the same height (duh).
2. Custom Food Interactions
Bored of the same food that your Sims can make? Want something new and exciting? Never fear, Custom Food Interactions is here to save you from boring food. This mod allows your Sim to create delicious meals such as tandoori chicken, peach pie, and apple salad just to name a few. When you install this mod, be sure to check out the #Custom food tag on modthesins.info to get the latest and greatest of custom foods!
1. MC Command Center
We've finally made it to the end-all, be-all; the best of the best. These are some of the phrases uttered by many Sims players when it comes to this mod.
MC Command Center by deaderpool is a mammoth of a mod, which came highly recommended by colleagues, friends, and random Internet dwellers. This mod allows the player to take control of very finite features of the game; from lifespans to bill frequency, even down to pregnancy chances! There are too many things to list here, however, it allows granular control over your Sims playthrough, which is perfect for those wanting to tell a story that is precise and particular.
You can find this amazing mod here with all its documentation and FAQs.