The Definitive Guide to the Best Sims 4 Mods
Mods are a great way to get the most out of The Sims 4. Although the game is pretty cool as it is, The Sims The modding community has produced wonderful additions to the game since its release. The amount of personalized content is truly overwhelming and will satisfy all kinds of tastes.
Since the base game became free for everyone, in this guide we focus on mods that don’t require any additional content. In any case, the amount of DLC available is incredible. By focusing only on the vanilla version, we make sure that the mods in this list are compatible with all kinds of setups.
The custom content in this list will provide you with some basic utilities and help improve gameplay. You can also find great tips if you are looking for custom land, houses, and quarries.
As they are very subjective, we have not included any specific suggestions regarding clothing, body parts and decorations. However, we will refer you to a few websites that offer a huge selection of these items.
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How to Install The Sims 4 Mods
There are two main ways to install mods for The Sims 4: manually and with Vortex Mod Manager.
For manual installation, follow these steps:
- Download mod
- Unzip the mod contents to a folder of your choice
- Copy or cut content
- Paste the content into the “Mods” folder that you find in “Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4”
- start the game
- Go to “Options” > “Other”
- Check “Enable custom content and mods”
- Restart the game
This method is quite handy if you don’t plan to install a lot of mods or if you know how to deal with conflicts. Otherwise, you can use Vortex Mod Manager. Whether you download mods from Nexus or other sites, you can install and manage all kinds of mods with it. The best feature is that it recognizes conflicts and gives suggestions on how to resolve them. If the suggestion doesn’t work, at least you can easily find the culprits and disable the cause of the problem.
Here’s how to install mods with Vortex:
- Download and install Vortex
- Download mod
- Open Tourbillon
- In “Games”, select “The Sims 4“
- Go to “Mods”
- In the upper left corner, click “Install from file”
- Go to the folder containing the mod you downloaded
- Double click on the mod file
- Select “Enable”
- When done, click “Deploy Mods”
If you are downloading files directly from Nexus, you can select the “Download with Vortex” option at the top of the mod page. Once downloaded, all you have to do is select “Enable” and then “Deploy Mods”.
Sims 4 Mod Utilities
One of the best things about The Sims 4 mods is that they rarely have strict requirements, except for DLCs or packs. Thanks to this, there is only one essential mod to install to ensure that everything else works properly: Xml Injector.
Another very handy mod is MC Command Center. Its purpose is to increase the number of commands, or cheats if you like, applicable to sims; controlled or NPCs. With this mod you can change the look, relationship, clothes and more of all Sims.
The last mod in this category is MorphMaker. This utility gives you the freedom to create morphs of all kinds, limited only by your creativity. The only downside to this utility is that it can be a bit difficult to learn how to use it. If you’re into it, however, you can find some guides on the linked page.
The best game mods
Mods in this category improve several aspects of gameplay that for some reason got left behind, ignored, or just needed a few tweaks. Here is the list :
- Wonderful whims
- Children keep their skills
- SimCity 2.0 Loans
- Faster interactions
- Sims 4 Multiplayer Mod (S4MP)
The first mod on this list is one of the most popular on all platforms: Wonderful Whims. It introduces many social and personal improvements that make our sims more realistic and deep. Additionally, it fixes some minor bugs. Sims now have various preferences that influence how they like and dislike other Sims based on personality feats and physical appearance. Romance also has more options, including open relationships, one-night stands, and birth control.
Children keep their skills
This mod tackles a very bizarre aspect of the transition from child to adolescent age: the loss of all their skills. Kids Keep Skills connects certain skills of children and adults so that what was learned as a child is not lost when you become an adult. The connection is as follows:
- Creativity > Painting
- Engine > Shape
- Mind > Logic
- Social > Charisma
SimCity 2.0 Loans
If you don’t like to cheat but still need money for your Sims, why not borrow? SimCity Loans 2.0 lets you take out loans from $1,000 up to $500,000. You can also choose how long you will take to pay it back. Very realistically, this mod adds stress levels to your Sims if they skip payments and cannot be removed until the debt is sealed.
Sometimes it seems like Sims take forever to do simple activities that would only take a few seconds. Faster interactions reduce the time needed for certain actions like washing hands, brushing teeth, making coffee, eating and drinking.
Sims 4 Multiplayer Mod (S4MP)
As the title suggests, Sims 4 Multiplayer Mod (S4MP) lets you play with your friends over a LAN connection. You can interact with Sims in the same household at the same time with up to 12 people. Make sure you follow assembly instructions on the description of the module!
The Sims 4 Career Mods
The Sims 4 has some great careers available, but it’s easy to feel like it’s missing out on a lot of options. Luckily, you can find plenty of career mods online. We’ve selected some of the most popular, interesting, and bizarre. They all come with multiple available tracks and chance cards. We also made sure they weren’t “misleading careers” giving a ridiculous amount of money for work done.
Click on the titles to download the mods!
The Sims 4 Bundles and Houses Mods
The houses are among the best The Sims 4 mods. Maybe it’s because they’re easy to create or just because the game makes it a great house building simulator. Either way, we’ve picked out some great additions to populate your Sim world. We have divided the house categories into “Starter”, “Medium”, “Mansion” and “Lots”. So you can find homes for all sorts of situations as well as custom public places for your Sims to have fun.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a complete overhaul of the base game world areas, check out AW Base Game Renovation. This is a save file that contains a completely revamped world with new homes and lands.
In this category, you can find beautiful houses that can be purchased at the start of the game. They are all equipped with the essentials but are still quite nice.
Once your Sims start settling into their careers, it might be time to move to a more comfortable location. This is a selection of medium-sized homes perfect for middle-class Sims.
Whether you’ve hit the peak of your career or just cheated for some extra cash, here’s a list of the coolest, biggest, and ridiculous houses you can find online.
These are public spaces where you can send your Sims to have fun and meet other Sims. This selection includes fairly large areas full of shops, pubs, clubs and activity centers like gyms and swimming pools.
The list of mods for The Sims 4 could go on for a very long time and include all sorts of categories. We have excluded some of them because they are purely aesthetic and therefore very personal. If you want to add custom home decor, clothing, body parts, and Sims, you can check out Nexus, Mod the Sims, and The Sims Catalog. On these websites you can find a huge selection of mods and filters to make sure they are compatible with your game.
Finally, if you want more suggestions on The Sims 4 don’t miss our cheat guide where you can find loads of codes to make your Sims’ lives a little easier.