If you’ve played The Sims 4 with solely the base game installed, you’d know that there’s only so much you can do before you get bored. Once you add some expansion packs, it definitely gives it some extra oomph. However, mods are what you need if you’re looking for immersive gameplay that’ll leave you entertained for hours. For this game, they’re such a necessity that it’s almost embarrassing. If you haven’t at least tried them, you’re missing out.
You don’t need just any mods, though. Sure, a lot of them are fun and will tweak/enhance what you’re able to do. Nonetheless, you need some that are more than just “fun”. You need mods that are going to completely take the game and flip it on top of its head. We need more interactions, more options for where our sims are able to go (even if they’re rabbit holes), more NPCs that actually seem alive. That’s where these top 3 must-have Sims 4 mods come into play. Don’t worry; they’ll keep you occupied until The Sims 5 arrives to save us all.
1. MC Command Center
MC Command Center by deaderpool is the powerhouse we all didn’t know we needed in our lives. This mod gives players the ability to tweak practically any setting in the game. For example, if there’s specific clothing in your game, some of which you may have downloaded, you might not want townies wearing it. You can choose specific clothing pieces to not appear on sims roaming about your town. You can adjust the percentages of how much each life stage appears throughout your game as well. Maybe you want to completely obliterate elders – you can do that.
One of the main features it incorporates, though, is the addition of story progression. As we all know, The Sims 3 had story progression, but with this game, it was removed (for some strange reason?). This practically leaves our worlds feeling like ghost towns and causes NPCs to be super stagnant. MC Command Center fixes that issue. Want NPCs to get pregnant, get jobs, purchase pets, and actually seem real? Well, this has got you covered. You can also see cool information about sims that you wouldn’t be able to see otherwise, like how many babies a pregnant NPC is having and what the gender(s) are.
2. Slice of Life Mod
Slice of Life Mod by KawaiiStacie will up the realism you experience throughout your gameplay. Sometimes, it can seem as if our beloved sims have no personality whatsoever. Now, they’ll be able to have specific personality types that are based on human characteristics. This will help your characters differentiate from one another and seem more unique than ever. Sims will also lose teeth, blush, get acne, and more!
A new emotion system was introduced in this game, but at times, it feels mundane and repetitive. Slice of Life introduces 13 new emotions that your characters can experience, including but not limited to: stressed, imaginative, pumped, and passionate. Your sims can now even go through the rollercoaster of a menstrual cycle. They will even get invited places by NPCs such as parties or out on a date by whoever may be crushing on them. You will even get more woohoo options, and who doesn’t love more woohoo options? This mod includes a plethora of new gameplay options. However, the true beauty of it is that it causes things to happen in your game without you having to do anything at all, which makes for tons of engagement.
3. Explore Mod
Incoming is yet another masterpiece by KawaiiStacie. Explore Mod gives your characters the chance to have a life. Maybe they’re tired of sitting in the house or going to the same old places. It can get pretty boring, going to the same lots over and over again. As a player, maybe you’re annoyed with some of the sims in your household and want to get rid of them for a while by giving them something to do. Of course, without the hassle of dealing with a loading screen and having to transfer back to your household afterward. That’s where KawaiiStacie saved the day with this one.
With Explore Mod, you can send sims off to rabbit holes to do as they please. The coolest part about this is that they don’t just disappear and return unchanged. If you send them off to grab takeout, they’ll actually return to the house with food. You can make them go take classes, and they’ll return with that specific skill higher than it was when they left. Does your sim need a new outfit? You can have them go shopping, and they’ll return with the specific type of outfit you sent them out to get. There are tons of other places they can go as well, such as the nail salon, weight trainer, or even get a henna tattoo. On top of all of that, if you want to send them with other sims, that’s available for you to do as well (this will impact their relationship).