Sims 4: Best Mods for 2020 (& How to Install Them)
In Sims 4, players are encouraged to design life and tell stories the way they want. Apart from the base game, there are currently 34 DLCs for Sims 4, broken down by size and theme: 17 Stuff Packs, 8 Game Packs, and 9 Expansion Packs. Still, with all the available content, the game can sometimes feel shallow or like it is missing crucial features for realistic gameplay, preventing players from creating the lives, worlds, and stories that most appeal to them.
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The Sims modding community has been able to address much of this. Players can create and share custom content and add features to the game that allow players to tell a wider variety of stories. Each different player will have their essential mods based on playing style, but many mods are almost universally enjoyed. If the vanilla version of The Sims 4 has started to cloy, here are the best mods to get in 2020 and how to download and begin playing with them.
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Best Mods for The Sims 4
The best mods for Sims 4 for most players will be ones that add crucial life or utility features for the game. Many of these are still being updated by their original creators, so even when a new patch comes out for the game, many of these mods will continue to work.
Slice of Life Mod
The Slice of Life Mod by kawaiistacie is perhaps one of the most well-known and downloaded. This mod gives Sims physical changes based on their moods, like a flush when they are embarrassed and dark circles when they are tired. Female Sims can get their periods, Sims get drunk, lose a tooth, or experience acne. Sims can also find out their Body-Mass Index, and players can choose a Sim’s Meyers-Briggs personality type, which comes with new traits and moodlets.
MC Command Center (MCCC)
The MC Command Center (and MC WooHoo) were developed by deaderpool and allow players more freedom within the game. There is an auto-saving option so players never lose too much of their game if there is a freeze or crash. Sims can now pay child support, adjust their bills, and have a risky WooHoo that might result in an unplanned pregnancy. Players can increase their maximum household size to up to 140 Sims, set skill difficulty, and set how many in-game days a Sim will stay a certain age.
Most importantly, players can now populate the world of The Sims 4 with their custom Sims, rather than random townies. Using the MC Population Controls, they can choose for Sims saved to a player’s Gallery to spawn in the world in place of the randomly-generated Sim characters.
UI Cheats Extension
The UI Cheats Extension by weerbesu makes cheating user-friendly and part of the game. Rather than needing to open the console, with UI Cheats Extension, players can simply right-click the User Interface to cheat. For example, right-clicking the Sim’s career will allow the player to promote them, and right-clicking Household Funds will allow the player to set the amount of money their Sims have.
More CAS Columns Mod
While this is a fairly small upgrade, it will come in handy for players who have all the Sims 4 DLC or have downloaded enough custom content. Also by weerbesu, the More Columns in Create-a-Sim mod allows players to control how many columns of options appear while they are in CAS. Rather than only having two columns of content and needing to scroll endlessly, players can see three, four, or even five rows’ worth of items easily.
Better Schools Mod
Family players will love this one. The Better Schools Mod by kawaiistacie overhauls the schooling system in the game. Now, Sims can choose whether their child attends Pre-School, is homeschooled, or gets sent to boarding school. While children are in class, players can choose their interactions the same way they can choose whether an adult Sim works hard or meets coworkers at their job. Best of all, toddlers and children can now also develop their skills while they are attending school, making for more realistic gameplay.
LittleMsSam’s Food Delivery Service
In the age of take-out apps like GrubHub and Postmates, players may want their Sims to experience similar luxuries. With the LittleMsSam’s Food Delivery Service App mod by littlemssam, Sims can now order any food that’s available in the game for delivery. This works on the same system as the pizza delivery service, and players can order a single, family, or party serving. Players can add another one of littlemssam’s mods to customize the number of servings if they would prefer.
“SimDa” Dating App
In the same vein as food delivery, littlemssam’s SimDa Dating App mod allows Sims the chance for better online dating. Sims can even go on blind dates or choose to have a one night stand rather than needing to flirt and enter a romantic relationship with another Sim in order to WooHoo.
Players can modify nearly every aspect of a Sim’s body in Sims 4, except one: height. In the game, all Sims of any age group are exactly the same height. The Height Slider mod by godjul1 and simmythesim allows players to add some height diversity for their characters. Players should know before downloading this mod that some of the animations, particularly kissing, look strange with Sims of different heights. As long as that doesn’t bother the player, this mod can make the game feel much more realistic.
Install Mods for Sims 4
To install mods for PC, players will want to find their game files. Typically, these are located in an Electronic Arts folder in their Documents or elsewhere on the hard drive, followed by a The Sims 4 subfolder. Inside that subfolder, players should see a folder called Mods. If there is not one already installed, players can create a new folder with that name.
Players will need to download the mod they want to add to the game. They should navigate to their Downloads folder (or wherever the file has downloaded on their computer) and unzip the file. The only exception to this process is if the mod they are using is a script mod.
Players should either unzip the file into the Mods folder directly or cut the file using Ctrl + X and paste it into their Mods folder using Ctrl + V.
It’s important to note the mods can only be one folder deep in the Mods folder. If players want to keep organized, they may want to create subfolders in their mods folder. For example, if a player wanted a separate folder for all their CAS mods, they might have a file path that looks like Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods > CAS Mods. The mod itself could be in the CAS Mods folder, but it may not be in a separate folder within the CAS Mods folder, or the game won’t read it.
Then, players should launch their Sims 4 game. In the Game Options menu, under Other, the player will need to check the box next to the option Enable Mods and Custom Content. If the player uses script mods, they’ll also want to check the box for Enable Script Mods. They’ll need to click Apply Settings. They may need to reload the game for this change to take effect and for the mods to begin working.
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Sims 4 is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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