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. Now for my favorite mods.
Slice of Life: 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 because it adds realism to the game, 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 it from your game. KawaiiStacie is also making the Memorable Events mod that adds more events in The Sims. You can try out the demo that adds a reality show, prom, housewarming party, study session, protest, shopping, half birthday, and graduation party events to the game.
Basemental Drugs: 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.
UI Cheats Extension: 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. You can also right-click on moodlets to remove them such as if you have a negative moodlet that lasts for several 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.
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 clothing, makeup, 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.
crypticsim Makeup: 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.
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 Lana CC Finds and lilsimsie faves to start off with.
Pufferhead Stuff Pack: 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.
Tiny Twavellers Stuff Pack: 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 and The Bafroom Stuff Pack, which are high-quality custom content packs for the kitchen and bathroom.
Buyable Ponds: 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.
What are your favorite Sims 4 mods and custom content?