The Sims 4: 2021 was the year for modders and CC creators
This year, The Sims franchise celebrated 21 years of gamers embracing their inner megalomaniac while its fourth iteration, The Sims 4, marked seven years of existence.
While the game has come a long way from those early days of players overlaying Will Wright’s photo on The Sims and calling it custom content, The Sims 4 has come a bit heavy on the way. And that doesn’t just refer to simulation lag.
It’s only fitting – for the purposes of this article anyway – that the franchise has marked its 21st anniversary with an update in collaboration with custom content creators.
Because even though The Sims 4 has made huge improvements since the goofy version it first released, the creators and modders of CC are the ones who make it so much more bearable – provided you’re playing on one. PC of course.
The Sims 4 modders and CC creators are saving our games
From returning Bonehilda to her coffin after the release of the Paranormal Stuff Pack deemed unworthy of it, to the release of Create-a-World by Twisted Mexi (still in Alpha at the time of writing), the release of the dairy cow long before the Cottage Living Expansion Pack and many more which we will list below – 2021 has been the year for modders and CC creators in The Sims 4.
Even before the bunk bed update released in March 2021, Sims 4 CC creator Ravasheen had already released his own version. And before Dream Home Decorator made modularity a thing, RVSN was there, had it done. And who shared a useful tip to fix broken CC chairs by updating bunk beds? Yes, Queen Ravasheen.
Let’s not forget that Bakie unleashed those in-game visual effects like fireflies and alligators long before they dropped in this year’s Cottage Living update. Bakie has done all of this while adding some of his own amazing options – the existing Sims 4 pond tool can only dream of such biodiversity.
Body hair, color wheels, sim lag improvements, story progression, cellulite, keeping Plant Sims as Plant Sims, better maps, removing that eyeball ring and a whole bunch of other bug fixes have all been released by CC modders and creators over the past seven years.
For every problem The Sims 4 has, there’s a modder ready to fix it. And for the most part, they do it for free.
Looking for new recipes with cuisines from around the world? There’s a mod for that – several, in fact. Tired of the same old randomly generated names for Sims, pets, and bunnies? Yes, there is a mod for that.
Indeed, even the cover image of this very article would not have been possible without the Twisted Mexi and deaderpool mods. Even though my Sim outdid himself by self-immolating with fireworks.
Sims 4 CC and mods: bad luck for console players
However, console gamers aren’t as lucky as PC gamers. Custom content and mods cannot be used on these platforms and many have been asking for integration for years but have yet to be done.
The technical challenges around this are a bit more complicated than just EA flipping a switch (and a topic for another article entirely), so we’ll fast forward.
For PC gamers, CC and mods have literally changed the game. Whether you want to spice up your game with not-so-PG-rated gameplay or just freshen up your builds with new themes, there’s almost certainly a mod for whatever you want.
The inclusion of CC creators in the Sims 21st anniversary celebration was not only deserved, it was long overdue. But the showcase only featured a handful of designers and sampled only a small portion of their work.
Since then, The Sims 4 has added a new type of downloadable content to the game: The Sims 4 Kits. These small content packs (EA’s term) have had nine releases over the past few months. And while they’re produced by The Sims/EA teams, some might say they’re essentially “official” CCs – the caveat being that they come at a price.
These kits were a welcome addition for console gamers, but with The Sims 4 base game still riddled with bugs across all platforms, it’s not so appealing to pay for something that might make things worse. .
Sims 4 mods and CC to boost your game
We want to keep the list as concise as possible, so we’ll be adding to it over the next few days with some of our favorite builders as well as some of the most popular mods used by other players.
But we couldn’t end the year without a huge thank you to CC creators and modders for stealing the show in 2021. The Sims 4 wouldn’t be the same without you, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with. store in 2022.
Antoinette is a recovering journalist. She is the winner of several SAB Sports Journalist of the Year awards and finds it strange to write about herself in the third person. Unless she’s playing herself in The Sims.