Anyone who’s played The Sims 4 knows that there are plenty of features lacking from the game, ranging from small details to major realism-breaking exclusions. Fortunately, there are plenty of gracious modders who added those missing features with a whole bunch of Sims 4 mods. However, The game has been out for a long time, so there are a lot of mods to look through. This can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not familiar with mods.
To help you add some spice to your Sims’ lives, we’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 Sims 4 mods that you can start using today.
1. MC Command Center
This ultimate mod quickly became one of the most popular additions to Sims 4 games everywhere – and with good reason. MC Command Center (MCCC) lets you tweak nearly every detail of your game by giving you the power to blacklist certain CAS items, enable autosaves, terminate pregnancies, fulfill needs, add or remove relationships, control specific actions, and so much more. Did we mention that you can do this with any Sim, whether they’re in your active household or not? There’s virtually nothing you can’t do with this mod, giving you godlike control to finely craft stories, drama, and anything else your heart desires.
2. Slice of Life
Among her many incredible mods, well-known modder KawaiiStacie developed the Slice of Life mod which adds a ton of new features to make the game more realistic. It includes a built-in Myers-Briggs-based personality system that assigns Sims with 1 out of 16 personality types. Depending on their assigned type, Sims will excel in certain skills and pursue related careers. Not only that, but this mod also includes treatable illnesses, menstrual cycles, and allows Sims to get drunk.
3. Have Some Personality, Please!
Despite being its most highlighted feature of the game, The Sims 4’s emotion system lacks many little details. Sims tend to interact randomly with each other regardless of their mood, circumstances, or relationship statuses and often resort to idle chit-chat. The Have Some Personality, Please! mod overhauls this system by removing idle chat and forcing Sims to choose specific social interactions. What they choose will depend on their moods, traits, conversations, and relationship levels, so romantic interests will opt for romantic interactions while enemies will typically insult each other.
4. Extreme Violence
Are you bored of the same picturesque routine for all your Sims? Are you tired of everyone being friendly and joyful and crave more villainy in their lives? The Extreme Violence mod adds over 40 different ways to kill and hurt Sims, including graphic interactions like shooting and stabbing and non-lethal options like pulling off a Sim’s wig. Sims can also participate in illegal gambling and gangs, which can decrease their reputation and send them to jail.
Another favourite from KawaiiStacie, the Explore mod adds multiple rabbit hole activities for your Sims that have different results based on the action. This mod allows Sims to go to an aquarium or explore a haunted house, as well as get a bus pass or driver’s license. They can attend skill classes, go gambling, or go to Disney World. If they go shopping or trick-or-treating, they’ll return with clothes or candy in their personal inventories. The best part is that Sims will explore randomly without your intervention and others can invite your Sim to explore with them.
6. Life’s Drama
If you’re craving more drama in your Sims lives, the Life’s Drama mod adds 11 new scenarios to NPCs that you can intervene on. Whether your Sim sees a robber pickpocketing someone, a person on fire, or a bride running from the altar, there will be plenty of drama to embroil themselves in. They can also start trouble by “Exposing A Loved One” on Sims with partners.
7. Better Build/Buy
The Better Build/Buy mod by TwistedMexi caters to all The Sims 4 builders who are frustrated with the current building system in the game. This mod lets you see, clone, and destroy debug items without cheats and gives them names and colour swatches so you can find them easily. It also expands the number of rows in the catalogue and improves the filter system.
8. Replacement Paintings
If you’ve played an artist Sim, you’ve likely gotten bored by the duplicate paintings they produce over and over again. This Replacement Paintings mod by DaisyTighfield replaces the default paintings with images on the web, including fanart from movies and games. You can also include your own artwork.
9. Wonderful Whims
Another popular mod, Wonderful Whims adds extra layers of depth to your Sims’ romantic situations by letting you set what traits and physical attributes they find attractive, their opinions on birth control, and whether they want an open relationship. The mod also includes a full-fledged menstrual cycle, STDs, and gender preferences.
10. Better Babies & Toddlers
Any Sims 4 player who had babies and toddlers in their game knows that they’re just not that great. You can’t do anything with babies, and toddlers are fairly basic. Fortunately, Caradriel’s Better Babies & Toddlers mod adds tons of new moodlets and conversation topics related to kids and parenthood as well as more interactions between parents and their toddlers. Just know that you’ll need the Parenthood Stuff Pack DLC and the Mood Pack mod in order to use this one.
How to Install Mods on The Sims 4
If you’re not familiar with mods and need some help installing them into your game, it’s fairly straightforward. To install a Sims 4 mod, simply follow these steps:
- Download the mod you want.
- If it downloads as a compressed zip file, extract it. If not, skip to the next step.
- Copy and paste the downloaded mod file into your “Mods” folder. This should be located under Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Mods.
- Start up The Sims 4.
- Open the “Options” menu, go to the “Other” tab, and turn on the “Enable Custom Content and Mods” and “Script Mods Allowed” options.
- Restart your game.
It’s as simple as that. Always double-check the installation instructions for every mod that you download in case there are extra steps particular to those mods. Some mods require installing other mods (or they’re not compatible with certain mods) so it’s important to read the descriptions carefully before installing.