8 Must-Have Mods for the Sims 4
"Mods," short for modifications, are user-created files which modify or add more to the regular game. Since Sims 2 was released, fans have been creating mods and sharing them online.
The options for mods are pretty diverse. I've seen everything from one for The 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 The Sims 3), to one for The Sims 3 which added in a working ferris wheel. Some 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 a.m., or the most famous mod of all, the one that removes the pixelation on nude Sims and replaces it with body parts).
Whether you're new to the modding world or can't run a Sims game without custom content (CC) and mods, here are some great Sims 4 mods that every Simmer will want to add to their game!
Note: To be honest, some of these mods are ones I created. This article will be regularly updated to include the newest/coolest!
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: 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).
Some mods have more complex instructions, so make sure to read the "Installation Notes" when downloading.
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. Always download from trusted sites/users who 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 installation, remove the mod from your game and consider informing its creator about the issue.
1. MC Command Center
I can't play my game without this one- and 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. It allows your neighborhood to grow and thrive without your direct interaction. Download MC Command Center so your Sims can 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 and ghosts, allowing you to set default makeup and clothes on townies, allows you to delete all vampires or aliens, plus 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 when the other Sims in your neighborhood don't do anything without you; with the MC Command Center, life goes on whether or not you play each individual household.
2. Harry Potter Mod Pack
Allow me to do a little shameless-self promoting here ;). Not long ago, I got into creating CC and modding myself. I'm a big Harry Potter fan, and recently, I created a "stuff pack" filled with objects you can use to create your own Hogwarts. To follow that up, I also created a Harry Potter mod pack!
It comes with 4 custom traits, based on each of the four 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 on things in the Harry Potter universe; spells, potions, places, 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 pack also includes 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,' and 'Potter'); there are 444 replacement names in total.
3. Go to School Mod
These first two 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 or teens to elementary or 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, 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 events, like field trips (your Sims will randomly be transported somewhere in 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.
Download the Go to School mod here and make sure you follow ALL the directions on Zerbu's page to get it 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. This link will bring you to the newest version, V4, which includes new interactions, NPCs, a teaching career and a lot more :)
If you want to play without Zerbu's mod, read my article How to Make a Functioning School Using Get Together's Club System in The Sims 4.
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4. Event Mods
This is 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 events which will allow your Sims to throw parties for all aspects of their lives!
Pregnant Sims can throw a baby shower! If you're a teen, why not have a prom? Or when you finish high school, you can go to graduation! Kids can have slumber parties and adults can attend a bachelor or bachelorette party, as well!
All my mods have custom goals, rewards, and some even have new interactions to make the parties feel complete. I also inspired IlkaVelle (a fellow Sims 4 modder) to create her own event, Movie Evening, which uses some of the interactions from the Movie Hangout Stuff Pack to create a movie night for your Sims.
5. Custom Food Interactions
Many of the previous games had the ability to add new 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 add new foods to your game! With it, you can download a plethora of choices, like ramen or udon, mini pizzas, soups, or breads.
Note: You can browse ModTheSims for foods to add, but make sure you have the base mod, Custom Food Interactions, installed in your game FIRST, in order for it to work.
6. Custom Careers
All iterations of The Sims games have come with 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.
- 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 it's mostly 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).
- Last but not least, another of my own is joining this list with my Fashion Career. This is a completely new career and 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 CC creators have increasingly begun 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 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!
7. No More Culling
This one 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. The game does this to keep things running smoothly, which seems great in theory, but the problem comes with whom it chooses to cull— anyone your Sims haven't interacted with lately— so that might be old friends, old family, or 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 it's been culled from the game and that spot in your family tree is vacant :(
The No More Relationship Culling mod does exactly what it says, and it's essential for anyone who wants to keep their family trees intact and play with all the Sims they've created or befriended. 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 Get Town Population mod). This is a must-have for any player, in my opinion!
Which Mod will you download to your game?
8. The Sims 4 Mod Manager
Once you start downloading, you'll notice your mod folder will start to get a bit crowded and unorganized. I personally keep myself 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 all 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 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!
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, make small changes to, and delete CC from your game. You have to sign up for an account on 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:
Teen/YA Romance: This one 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.
No Mosaic/Censor: Just as the name implies, this one takes away the blur/censor which appears whenever your Sims shower, use the toilet, breastfeed, or streak. It doesn't alter gameplay, except cosmetically.
If you're looking to add realistic genitals to your Sims, I recommend these:
© 2014 Brittany Doherty