5 Must-Have Mods for the Sims 4!
How To Install Mods In The Sims 4:
Before we get down to the nitty gritty, you should probably learn how to install a Mod into your game.
The Sims 4 makes it easier than ever to install mods: simply download the mod in question, unzip the files (they will typically end in .package), and then drag and drop them into the "Mods" folder, which is already located in your Sims files (navigate to Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods to locate your Mod folder).
Some Mods have more complex instructions, so make sure to read the "Installation Notes" when downloading.
*This hub will be regularly updated to include the newest/coolest mods! It was last updated on January 1st, 2017.
Fans have been creating Mods and sharing them online since the Sims 2 was released. "Mods", short for 'Modifications' are user-created files which modify or add more to the regular Sims games.
The options for Mods are pretty diverse- I've seen everything from a Mod in Sims 2 which added horses to the game (and yes, Sims could even ride them- and this was way before the Pets expansion pack added horses to Sims 3), to a Mod for The Sims 3, which added in a working Ferris Wheel. Some Mods are much less complex- just restructuring the regular game files to add in or change things (like a Sims 3 Mod which allows Late Night bars to stay open 24 hours instead of closing at 2 am, or, the most famous Mod of all- the one that removes the pixelation when Sims are nude and replaces it with body parts).
Whether you're new to the modding world, or can't run a Sims game without CC and Mods, these are 5 essential Sims 4 Mods that every Simmer will want to add to their game!
Though all of these Mods have been tested and should work functionally with your game, be aware that 3rd party content could potentially cause damage to your game. Always download from trusted sites/users whom have tested their content before sharing, and always be sure to backup your game files BEFORE installing Mods and other CC.
If you do run into any issues after installing a Mod, remove the Mod from your game and consider telling the Mod's creator about the issues you ran into.
1. MC Command Center
I've only used this mod briefly, but it's a BIG one in the Sims community.
MC Command Center is what we used to know as "story progression", which wasn't included in The Sims 4. This mod allows your neighborhood to grow and thrive without your direct interactions. Sims can now get married, have children, find jobs and basically live their lives, even if you aren't playing with them.
You can also add in additional modules, which will allow the game to clean up your neighborhood, by deleting homeless Sims, ghosts, will allow you to set default makeup and clothes on townies, and a whole bunch of other options.
A lot of Simmers live by this mod, and I can see why: the vanilla game can feel a bit static in the fact that the other Sims in your neighborhood don't do anything without you; now with MC Command Center, life goes on, whether or not you play each individual household.
Download Here: http://modthesims.info/d/551680
2. Harry Potter Mod Pack
Allow me to do a little shameless-self promoting here ;) But not long ago, I got into creating CC and modding myself. I'm a big Harry Potter fan, and recently, I created a custom content "stuff pack" filled with objects you can use to create your own Hogwarts. To follow up with that, I also created a Harry Potter mod pack!
The mod pack comes with 4 custom traits, based on each of the 4 Hogwarts Houses. The traits also come with a total of 10 buffs (moodlets), each, which will enhance your gamplay even more! The buffs are based off of things in the Harry Potter universe; spells, potions, places, things, etc. Your Gryffindor Sim might be going about his day and suddenly be Splinched!, causing a +1 tense mood. Your Hufflepuff Sim will get a +2 Inspired mood for being outside; perfect for gardening. Each house has special moodlets and skill increases, and all Sims with the Hogwarts traits can have random buffs/moodlets which will be triggered during gameplay.
The mod pack also includes custom Get Together icons based on things from Harry Potter (the Hogwarts houses, the dark mark, deathly hallows symbol, etc.), as well as a townie name replacement mod which will delete all the surnames used in the game and replace them with names from the Harry Potter universe (such as 'Lovegood', 'Weasley', 'Black', 'Potter', etc.); there are 444 replacement names in total.
You can download the Harry Potter mod pack (and see the rest of my custom content), over at brittpinkiesims: http://brittpinkiesims.tumblr.com/post/147893668100/the-sims-4-harry-potter-mod-pack-part-2-of-3
Have you ever downloaded Mods into your Sims games?
3. Go To School mod
These first two mods require the Get To Work expansion pack, but both are well worth adding if you've bought the EP.
Thanks to Sims 4 modder extraordinaire, Zerbu, there are now a lot of ways to enjoy working and going to school in the Sims 4; the first of which is the Go To School mod.
If you've ever wanted to go to school with your children and teen Sims, here's your chance. The Go To School mod allows you to follow your children and teen sims to elementary and high school. It works similar to the active careers brought into the game with the GTW EP; as your child/teen sim, you have to complete a number of tasks each day (like painting, socializing with classmates, playing instruments, etc.) to get a gold medal at the end of the day. Your school performance plays a part in your overall grade as well, so make sure your Sims are working their hardest in class.
Don't worry though- it's not all work and no play. The mod adds in random event days, like field trips (your Sims will randomly be transported to lot in the town, like a museum or park and have "field trip" activities to do instead), and school dress-up day, where all your classmates come dressed in costumes. You can even choose to skip school and play hooky, if you want- there's now a "hooky" skill that your Sim can work on to evade school with no negative effects.
Make sure you follow ALL the directions on Zerbu's page to get the mod to work correctly, and don't forget to download an elementary and high school for your town. You can also find my CC-free school creations under the gallery by searching "brittpinkie" as well.
Download the Go To School mod here: zerbu.tumblr.com/post/154260666737/the-sims-4-go-to-school-mod-pack-v4-release
UPDATE: Zerbu has released a new version of the Go to School mod! The above link will take you to the new version on his site. V4 includes new interactions, NPCs, a teaching career and a lot more :) If you still want to play without Zerbu's mod, I've offered a way to make your own schools with the Get Together clubs, here.
4. Event Mods
Don't think of this as another shameless self-plug, but what can I say? I think I- I mean, brittpinkiesims- has done a fantastic job of creating some new events for The Sims 4. Tired of the same old House Party, Birthday Party, and Wedding? Well, I've created quite a few custom event mods which will allow your Sims to throw parties for all aspects of their life!
Pregnant sims can throw a Baby Shower! If you're a teen, why not throw a Prom? Or when you finish high school, you can throw a Graduation! Kids can have Slumber Parties. Engaged Sims can throw a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party, as well!
All my custom event mods come with custom goals, rewards and some even have new interactions to make the parties feel complete. You can click on the links above to download the mods, or check out all my custom content on my website: http://brittpinkiesims.wixsite.com/brittpinkiesims/downloads/
I also inspired IlkaVelle (a fellow Sims 4 modder) to create her own custom event, Movie Evening! The mod uses some of the interactions from the Movie Hangout Stuff Pack to create a movie night for your Sims (or you can download a base game version as well). Download it here: http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=585957
5. Custom Food Interactions
Many of the previous Sims games had the ability to mod in custom food. Until recently, the Sims 4 modders hadn't figured it out, but now they have. Custom Food Interactions is the mod you need to have in order to have custom food in your game.
With this mod added, you can then download a pleathora of custom foods, anything from ramen or udon, to mini pizzas, soups or breads.
You can browse ModTheSims for custom foods to add into your game, but make sure you have the base mod, Custom Food Interactions, installed in your game FIRST, in order for any of the custom food mods to work.
Download Here: http://modthesims.info/d/571010
6. Custom Careers
Yes, I know the title is the '5 Must-Have Mods', but as time has passed, there are just too many great mods to go unmentioned. All iterations of the Sims games have come with custom careers created by the fans, but The Sims 4 is finally getting a few custom careers of its own.
Neia has created two custom careers: Biology and Education! The former includes four tracks : Pharmacy, Clinical Research, Pharmaceutical Industry and Genetic, while the latter includes three new tracks: Teaching, Library, and Administration.
You can download both from here: http://modthesims.info/m/9050937
Coolspear1 hasn't created completely new careers, but instead did a major reworking of both the Scientist and Doctor careers included with Get to Work. It's best to just read the descriptions for a full explanation of all the things that were changed, but most of it are things that will make the careers feel more realistic and seamless during gameplay (like increasing the chance of emergencies in the Doctor career, or adding more co-workers to both careers).
Download Here: http://modthesims.info/member.php?u=3040413
Last but not least, another of my mods is joining this list with my Fashion Career. This is a completely new career to The Sims, one made up from my own mind ;) The career comes with three branches: Model, Designer, and Fashion Journalist. It also has a ton of custom interactions, rewards, chance cards, career tones (the things you choose to do while your Sim is at work), and more!
AdBlocker is your friend!
Modders and custom-content creators have increasingly began to upload their content onto their own sites instead of ModTheSims (for many reasons, but that's another article). There's nothing wrong with that, but you need to be careful, as some modders/CC creators hide their download links behind a thing called AdFly, or host their downloads on really spammy sites. The best thing is to use AdBlocker when downloading; it'll keep you safe from viruses or overly spammy AdFly pages!
Which Mod will you download to your game?
BONUS: No More Culling
This mod doesn't add to the actual game play, but it's definitely a must-have if you're a generations-type player, or anyone who plays the game for more than a few days.
Here's the thing: The Sims 4 has a huge glitch in it, where it culls (deletes) Sims from your neighborhood bin. This happens after an in-game week, or when your population reaches over 200 sims. The game does this to keep things running smoothly, which seems great in theory, but the problem comes by whom it chooses to cull. The game culls anyone your Sims haven't interacted with lately, so that can be old friends, old family, and even ghosts.
This causes a bunch of problems; relationships already decay quickly in the game, so that best friend you haven't called in a few weeks? Well, she's deleted now. Oh, and that ghost in your family tree? Well, now they've been culled from the game and their spot in your family tree is vacant :(
The No More Culling mod does exactly what its title says, and it's essential for anyone who wants to keep their family trees in tact, or just to play with the Sims they've created or made friendships with in the game. You can easily do your own culling by periodically going through the neighborhood menu and deleting Sims manually (and you can keep an eye on your population by downloading this small mod). This is a must-have for any player, in my opinion!
Download Here: http://modthesims.info/d/568880
BONUS #2: The Sims 4 Mod Manager
Once you start downloading Mods, you'll notice your Mod folder will start to get a bit crowded and unorganized. I personally keep my Mods folder organized with sub-folders, but even then, if you're someone who likes a lot of CC in your game, it'll be hard to keep it organized after a while.
Thankfully, there's the Mod Manager program for The Sims 4! This program allows you to enable or disable Mods in your game, drag and drop them to folders, view them all and see differentiate between Scripts or .package files, and a whole lot more. I highly recommend this for users who download a lot of CC and Mods into their games!
Download Here: http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=534991
The Sims 4 Studio (a program which you can use to create mods and CC for The Sims 4) also has a "mod manager" which you can use to look at, do small modifications to, and delete CC from your game. You have to sign up for an account on www.sims4studio.com to download the program, but it's definitely worth doing and using!
As I update this page, I'll be "retiring mods" from the list. That doesn't mean that they're not still worth downloading or that they're broken; it simply means that there are newer, cooler mods to download at the moment. Here's some of the mods that I once featured here, which are still worth adding to your game:
This Mod adds the ability for teens and young adults to have romances and unlocks all the teen romance options for teens/young adults in relationships. There's no Woo Hoo or Try For Baby, but you can still Mess Around or Exchange Promise Rings.
Download Here: http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=536406
Just as the name implies, this Mod takes away the blur/censor which appears whenever your Sims shower, use the toilet, breastfeed, or streak. This Mod doesn't alter game play, except cosmetically. Download Here: http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=533172
If you're looking for a Mod which will add realistic genitals to your Sims, I recommend these:
This is another mod that's thanks to Zerbu. Though Get To Work added in the new active careers of Scientist, Doctor, and Detective, Sims fans were hoping to be able to play all the careers in the game like the active ones in GTW. Thanks to Zerbu, we finally can.
The Turbo Careers mod allows you to "go to work" with your Sim no matter what job they do. Now you can follow your Sims to work as an Astronaut, Musician, Comedian, Painter, or whichever career they've chosen! All the adult careers are "active" as well as two of the teen careers (Fast Food and Barista).
Turbo Careers is similar in gameplay of GTW- you have to complete tasks each day to get a gold medal. But it's really fun to be able to go to work as a writer, or even as an executive in the business career.
Again, make sure to read all the directions before downloading the mod and make sure you've downloaded the correct venues to go to work at. I've created a few (including a replica of In-N-Out Burger for the Culinary/Fast Food careers, which is currently the #3 download for the Turbo Careers tag!); you can find them under "brittpinkie".
UPDATE: This mod is currently out of date and probably won't work with your version of TS4. Zerbu is planning to update and add new content to it in the future, though!
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