Updated on November 23rd, 2022
I have played The Sims since the first game, but I have never played with custom content. However, recently I started playing The Sims 4 with mods and custom content, and it does make the game more fun. In this post, I wanted to share my favorite mods and custom content.
First off, to install mods, you will need to download the file. If the file is a zip file, you will need to extract it. Take the extracted file and place it in the mods folder for The Sims 4. To find the mods folder, go to your Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods. Script mods can only have one subfolder, which is usually the folder of the specific mod you downloaded. Do NOT create a subfolder within The Sims 4 Mods folder because the mods may not work in the game.
You will also need to enable mods in the game, and to do so you go to Game Options > Other > check both Enable Custom Content and Mods AND Script Mods Allowed > Apply Changes > restart the game. Also, when a new update or pack is released, you will want to keep the mods updated by deleting the old files and downloading the latest version. After downloading the updated mod, you will need to reenable custom content and mods because it is automatically turned off after an update or pack release. Now for my favorite mods!
Slice of Life is my favorite mod hands down because it adds realism to The Sims. The mod adds more emotions to the game, and sims will have physical appearance changes such as blushing when embarrassed or having dark circles when they are tired. The mod also adds skincare and sims can get acne and do treatments. Along with skincare, Slice of Life adds a menstrual cycle that lasts for 2 sim days and returns 12 days later. Sicknesses are also added including colds, flu, and allergies, and more sim phone apps are added as well. Slice of Life is a fun mod, and if you do not want any of the features such as sicknesses, the Slice of Life folder easily separates the files for each feature so you can remove them from your game.
Basemental Drugs adds functional drugs and alcohol to the game, and alcohol is just the juices renamed. The mod adds hangovers, drug dealing, and police to the game along with a convenience store sims can buy from to get cigarettes, soda, and candy. One reason I like this mod is that you can choose if you want your sims to drink alcohol or do drugs and how far you want the mod to take over your game. If you only want alcohol added to your game, you can get Basemental Alcohol separately.
If you use cheats in The Sims such as using ‘motherlode’ for more simoleons or you often adjust the needs bar of your sims, this mod is for you because it makes the process of using cheats simpler. For needs, you have to just click the end of the bar to instantly fill the need. You can also right-click and set the bar to a certain number with -100 being the lowest and 100 being completely filled. You can click on the money counter to add $1000 or right-click and set your own amount.
Furthermore, you can right-click on moodlets to remove them such as if you have a negative moodlet that lasts for 2 days and you do not want it affecting your sim for that long. I mainly use UI Cheats Extension for my sims needs and removing moodlets, but you can also use it to change the relationship level with other sims, set the skill bar level, set the in-game time, complete work tasks when working from home, and more with just a simple right-click.
I have started to build with debug objects, but scrolling through the objects is time-consuming because you cannot filter or search for the debug objects because their name is “DEBUG”. Then once you find a debug object and place it in your build, you cannot duplicate the object or change the color swatch, so you have to go back and start the process all over again. However, TwistedMexi solved the problem of endless scrolling by organizing the debug objects by categories, adding the ability to search for the objects by name, and adding cloning and color swatches. You can also expand the build catalog to five rows with a simple press of the button. TwistedMexi also created the T.O.O.L. (Take Objects Off Lot) mod that allows you to place objects outside of lots, which is great if you want to place objects anywhere in the world.
MC Command Center is one of the most popular mods in the Sims community because it allows you to take control over every aspect of the game. You can make small changes to your sims’ lives including their outfits, career, relationships, pregnancy, and lifespan. You can also make changes to NPCs, and the mod improves the club feature from Get Together as well as occults from the various packs.
To install custom content, you will need to download the file. If the file is a zip file, you will need to extract it. Like with mods, take the extracted file and place it in the mods folder for The Sims 4. To find the mods folder, go to your Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods. However, with custom content, you can create subfolders since they are package files. If you have a lot of custom content, it helps to have subfolders such as for clothing, makeup, and furniture.
You will also need to enable custom content in the game, and to do so you go to Game Options > Other > check Enable Custom Content and Mods > Apply Changes > restart the game. When a new update or pack is released, you do not have to redownload the custom content, but you will need to reenable custom content in the game because it is automatically turned off after an update or pack release.
The Sims 4 makeup is lacking, and even with the free Mac makeup, most of the makeup does not look that good. crypticsim makes custom makeup, and all of it is gorgeous. My favorites are the Frost palette, Noir Eyeliner, and Fairy Gloss. You can download the files for free on Patreon or make a $1 monthly donation for early access, which I currently do.
Hair and Clothing
Clothing in The Sims 4 is fine, and packs do add more fun clothes, but if you are going for a certain aesthetic, in-game clothing may not always work. The same goes for hair such as if you want a certain style that is more realistic. Tumblr is a great way to find custom hair and clothing, and I recommend Elliandra, lilsimsie faves, and Blossom to start off with. If you are looking for historical clothing and hair for The Sims 4, I recommend Annika’s History Lover’s Sims Blog.
I feel like when a new pack comes out, most of the focus is on adult sims when it comes to new hair, clothing, and furniture. There is the Toddlers Stuff Pack and Parenthood Game Pack, but I wanted more furniture for kids, and this is where Tiny Twavellers comes in. The custom content pack contains 67 items for kids of all ages including bassinets for babies, toddler beds, as well as toys and furniture for children. Felixandre and Harrie also created The Kichen Stuff Pack, The Bafroom Stuff Pack, Jardane Stuff Pack, and The Livin’ Rum Stuff Pack, which are high-quality custom content packs for the kitchen, bathroom, garden, and living room. They also recently release Harluxe which is an 87-piece resort-themed collection. You can join their patron for $5 a month to access their latest packs before public release.
As I mentioned above, kids and toddlers often get the short end of the stick when a new pack is released, but PandaSama has created functional toys and furniture for toddlers to use. A few of the packs include the Toddler Stuff Pack, which includes a rocking horse, sleeping mat, swing chair, and basketball hoop, the Toddler Creativity Pack which consists of a rock-a-stack, xylophone, drawing supply, and crafting station, and the Playful Toddler Pack which includes a crib, car track, playdough, and food truck. The CC is free or you can support PandaSama for $5 a month on Patreon for early access.
Pufferhead Stuff Pack is a fanmade stuff pack based on the wizard Henry Puffer. The pack includes readable books, movie posters, furniture, decor, clothing, and hair. I do not support Rowling, but I enjoy the Harry Potter books and movies, and she does not benefit at all from this fanmade pack.
Josh made addons for Snowy Escape, Eco Lifestyle, Tiny Living, Fitness Stuff, City Living, and others which adds even more furniture and objects to the packs. You will of course need those packs, but Josh has also made the Simkea Furnishings, Modern Housewares, Minimalist Bedroom, Contemporary Living, Sleek Kitchen, and Modern Living custom content packs, which are base game compatible, and it is always nice having more objects to furnish homes and lots with.
I have been building up the lots in Newcrest, and I was making one of the lots a park with a fish pond. If you want to make a fish pond, it is a complicated process of using cheats to show build debug objects, using terrain tools to lower the ground where you want to place the pond, placing the pond, and using terrain tools again to make the pond look natural. The Buyable Ponds custom content takes out the work by making ponds buyable in build mode. There are no cheats or terrain tools needed, and the ponds are functional for fishing and catching frogs. If you are making community lots or even residential lots and you would like to add a pond, I would recommend this custom content.
UPDATE: The Sims 4 have now added the water tool, which you can use to create ponds in build mode. However, the tool does require the use of terrain tools, and if you would like an easier way to add fishing ponds, I would still recommend the Buyable Ponds custom content.
If you would like to read more The Sims 4 related posts, I shared My Favorite Sims 4 Challenges for CAS (Create-A-Sim), build mode, and gameplay as well as my post on Ranking Every Sims 4 Expansion Pack.