The 20 Best Sims 4 Gameplay Mods (November 2021)

A Simmers Delight

The list of possible Sims 4 mods is basically endless. You can spend hours and hours looking through various websites, trying to find out whether a given mod is useful or just a waste of time. Over dozens of hours, we’ve tested a plethora of mods and hand-picked the ones most worthy of your attention. Through some trial and error, we’ve also listed which mods contradict each other and won’t function if both are installed at the same time. 

Sul sul! Let me just say that the last (and first) time I wrote a Sim’s Mod guide, I was not expecting it to receive the amount of love that it did. Thank you. It’s been a few months, and I’m back with more mods to drastically change your gameplay.  As a reminder, pay attention to download details for mods to see if they work with other mods, as some of them don’t. Here is your updated Sim’s mod guide. Enjoy!

Gameplay Overhaul Mods (November 2021)

Switch Streaming Mod 

Requires: Get Famous and City Living

Personally when I play The Sims, I love adding other means of income other than your average nine-to-five jobs offered in the base games and expansion packs. 

When you are starting out as a Switcher, it can be a bit difficult and frustrating. New streamers are more easily banned making it harder to gain recognition on the Switch platform. But if your Sim has some clout (fame) prior to joining, then gaining donations comes easy and the platform is more lenient. After your first stream, you unlock new social interactions and can even chat with NPC’s and gain followers/donations. With this Switch mod, you can ultimately earn over $100K a week from streaming. 

Height Slider

Requires: Base Game

I simply cannot begin to express how much this means for my tall ass. All of us who play the Sims know that physical representation is what makes The Sims a special game. So it completely boggles my mind when developers finally allow adjustments to weight, but not to height. 

Pregnancy Overhaul

Requires: Base Game

Pregnancy can be underwhelming in The Sims 4. Personally, I’ve disliked the pregnancy walk and massive bellies. I get it this is a game, but no one pregnant in the real world walks at a 40 degree angle because of a massive belly. 

The mod also eases up on the first and second trimester.  The default game sets limitations across the entire pregnancy, keeping sims from jogging, swimming, and all kinds of strenuous activity. Since these things are obviously fine when the sim is early on in the process, this mod allows some things the game otherwise bans.

In addition, there are four different types of belly packs you can download into your game (make sure you only download one and not all of them) and allows for 46 different types of movements usually restricted for expecting sims. This mod is one of four from LittleMsSam’s and bless her soul for all of them. She is an amazing modder who works with other folks to bring us well-rounded downloaded content and gameplay. Make sure to check out her tumblr where you can access her google drive to 168 different mods! 

Realistic Reactions Mod

Requires: Base Game

Works with: Meaningful Stories Mod

This is yet another realistic mod you definitely need in your game. There are two module downloads and you’re safe to use both or pick and choose. At this point, you may think it’s terrifying how human-like I make my sims. In the current game, when sims cheat on spouses the only one to get mad is the one who caught them cheating, getting a negative buff, like jealousy, for 24 hours. 

It’s befitting of the cartoonish nature of The Sims. This mod however, overhauls that system. For starters, both people involved in the cheating receive a negative buff. Children are unaffected unless they also witness the cheating. Meaning it’s possible for them to be none the wiser of relationship issues, just like in real life. You’ll also gain new social interactions with your household after you are caught.

The second module is the Kids-Elders Witnessing Parents Fight Overhaul. As it is, sims react to their parents fighting with each other as if they would to seeing anyone else fight. This means they receive the regular buffs or debuffs like happy or embarrassed to see their friend win or lose a fight. I highly suggest you read all of the information on The Sims PC Haven. There is so much in-depth explanation of the two modules. 

Meaningful Stories

Requires: Base Game 

Meaningful Stories redesigns the moods and emotions systems. Sims in a funk may take hours or days, and may ultimately need some help and love from friends to come out of their rut. This makes playing a bit more strategic and interesting. Again, this is a subtle change to gameplay, but one that brings a realistic characterization to your sims. More realistic gameplay again? I’m a freak of nature, either love me or leave me. 

These changes make it so that your sims won’t flip from extreme sadness to happiness without experiencing emotions in-between. Environments such as artwork and objects no longer affect your mood immediately. Instead, a gradual build up or falling of emotions will occur. Additionally, your sims will no longer be in a default state of happiness. You have to work for it now, meaning that your sims will only feel truly happy if something worthy happens to them or if they feel as if their life is improving for the better. 

This has made the game tenfold more fun for me. Sims emotions are much less predictable and you have to work that much harder to figure out how to make them happy. The mod includes an in-game tutorial as well as an in-game setting menu that lets you pick and choose the features you want in your game. I would recommend first going through the in-game tutorial before customizing your settings menu to get a good feel for the things you do and don’t want in your game. 

More Best Friends

Requires: Base Game

It’s always been a bit odd that you can only have one best friend during your entire life span in the Sims. Literally. Only one. And so, LittleMsSam has once again provided an updated tuning mod (originally developed by ReubenHood) for the Sims community. It doesn’t include new gameplay, items, interactions, etc. It is simply an XML tuning mod. All it does is override the check for an existing best friend, ultimately allowing you to have multiple best friends.

Slice Of Life 

Requires: Base Game

I’d be doing an injustice for not mentioning this mod made by the lovely KawaiiStacie. In total the download includes ten mods rolled into one, all made by her. Some of the mods include menstrual cycles, getting drunk from drinking alcoholic beverages, wearing makeup or perfumes, and even allowing sims to have realistic sickness! If you don’t want all ten then I suggest heading over to her website to pick and choose the best ones for you. 

Ultrasound Scan 

Requires: Base Game

In a continued effort to flesh out the pregnancy system you can now go visit the Gynecologist and have an ultrasound examination done! If you want more control over the outcome you can even determine the number and gender of your babies.

When your Sim comes back from their examination, you’re given an ultrasound scan in their inventory. You can hang it on walls to give the expecting parents a happy buff or and copy the scan (for $25 Simoleons) and give it to family and friends. 

50% Lower Salaries 

Requires: Base Game + Various Expansions Packs

You may ask, Jae…why would you want your Sims to make 50% lower salaries?Well simply put, I like challenges. What can I say? Both base game and expansion pack occupations are super easy to complete. Without much effort, you can move up through the entire corporate ladder within two weeks time in your sim’s world. This mod cuts all career salaries in half including the bonus money you receive in promotions. Keep in mind this only applies to base game and expansion pack careers. It will not change modded jobs like the Switch career. 

So instead of building that dream house with the at-home office space by the time you’re 21, you’ll finish your dream house as an elder, minus the at-home office. 

Food Mods

Srsl’s Complete Cooking Overhaul

If you want to take cooking to the next level, this is the mod you want. It allows you to purchase things from your phone with a whole new “shop for” category is broken down into drinks, flowers, fish, groceries, veggies, herbs, and fruit. You can buy things like chicken nuggets, cooking oil, canned goods, and butter. It’s much more detailed than the default game ever gets. You can even stack your groceries on display in your kitchen, which is a great blend between clutter and functionality. Imagine that, usable Sims decorations. Who would have ever thought this day would come?

Once you’ve ordered your groceries they’ll come in packages, but you actually have to open those up to then be able to store them wherever you want. But please, open the packages! For the longest time, I thought my version was broken because I didn’t get an interaction to use the items. 

You also get a grocery store to visit, but the creator is still figuring out functionality and interactions with items inside of the store so I’m sure we’ll see that in a future update. 

Grannies Cookbook 

This cookbook contains many comfort food recipes which you unlock as you level up your cooking skill. The very first recipe you get is collard greens and cornbread and let me tell you I have never wanted to eat cornbread more in my life than when my Sim made it. You end up with more dessert recipes than meals, but they do not disappoint. It also comes with some quick meals, such as canned chicken soup and canned tomato soup for when you’re in a hurry. I’m serious when I say this will remind you of your grandma. This mod thankfully does not contradict the Custom Food or Drink Menu, so tack on all the new recipes you can!

Romance Mods

Road to Romance

This is by far the number one mod for romance. For many players, falling in love is too easy of a process in the Sims 4. It’s almost effortless to go through all the stages of dating, engagement, and marriage. With the road to romance mod, you have to work, and I mean work, to level up your relationship with another character. 

The mod provides you with a huge amount of new interactions. You can develop your own Romance Skill and a Cheat Skill, your Sims can feel “Affectionate,” they can now go to counseling (couples or singles), and go on Rabbit Hole Dates with their partners. You also have the option of going on Online Dates, which pairs nicely with the Sim DaDating App mod that you can download separately. What really took me by surprise was how intricate the leveling up of the romance skill was. Each level unlocks new interactions and makes everyday gameplay even more fun.

There are three different versions of downloads for this mod but do not download all three. Version A is the original, Version B comes with restrictions and Version C comes with no restrictions. Restrictions mean exactly how easy or hard you want your sims to work for love. With Version C it’s as easy to level up in the base game, but you still get all the new interactions and mood effects with the mod. On the modthesims site, it goes more in-depth on the restrictions but if you still have no idea which one to get, I recommend sticking to Version A. 

WooHoo Wellness PT.1 

In the base game, only young adults or adults can get pregnant and you can have a child with practically anyone, again, so long as you are in the specific age range. With WooHoo Wellness you can also have realistic risky woohoos that is basically like rolling the dice of pregnancies. By default, I believe teens can become pregnant also, just a warning. 

There is a range of emotions your Sims can go through with their partner during an unwanted pregnancy. You have the options of getting an abortion, going to couples counseling for the unwanted pregnancy, and even going to a parenthood class. 

This mod pairs well with the Personality Please mod. The personality mod gives your Sims some major autonomy and it’s pretty adaptive in giving you various interactions based on your relationship with other sims, their personalities, and moods. The interactions between your sims and their partner is significantly increased as well as self-interactions. You can also plan for pregnancy with your partner. It’s pretty realistic gameplay and provides a layer of depth you just can’t find in the base games. 

Mods for Parents

Allowance 

Personally, I feel like playing with children in your Sims household is mundane. You typically have to focus and make sure their needs are fulfilled while leveling up skills and having good grades so that they are ready for college. They can’t even handle money or make purchases until they’re older. There isn’t too much to say about this mod besides the fact that it creates more of a dynamic in the parenting portion of The Sims gameplay. It makes the interaction between you and your child a bit more realistic. You can set the number as high and low as you would like or not set it at all. If you complete chores, you can reward your sims with an allowance.

Education Overhaul 

This is the holy grail with toddlers and the educational system in general. Before this, you had to hire a nanny for your toddlers if your Sims had to work, but now, you can just as easily ship them off to daycare or preschool. By selecting this option, your Sims toddler also has the ability to learn various skills. 

Private School

Now, this mod takes me back to the Sims 2 with its ability to put your Sims kids into private school. So far, there is not a benefit in enrolling your Sims into a private school, but it’s a great way to relive the older games. If you remember anything from that time, the schematics are similar to inviting the headmaster over and impressing him so that your child can enter a private school. You pay tuition and can remove your child from private school as well. 

18+ ONLY Mods

Basemental/Basemental Gangs

Live your best Breaking Bad life in the Sims 4. The basemental download incorporates all the paraphernalia you can think of as well as new traits like addiction. The pack also comes with content for you to apply to your Sims such as dark circles and powdered noses. You can even grow your own weed supply. With Basemental Gangs, you can assign NPCs to belong to certain gangs and join one yourself. Mix this with the Extreme Violence mod for an even added extra fun. 

Extreme Violence 

I’m gonna preface this by saying I am not a violent or homicidal person, but the brutality of this mod gives me such Mortal Kombat vibes, that I couldn’t pass this up. The name speaks for itself. There are some pretty gruesome ways of killing Sims. You can send an NPC to their very untimely death and the animations are delicious.

WooHoo Wellness PT.2 

This download makes woohooing in the Sims 4 possibly as risky as woohooing in the real world. With this mod you have the introduction to WooHoo transmitted diseases (WTDs) and a wide range of moods that affect you after contracting a WTD. You can ask other Sims about their health, take fertility tests to see if a risky woohoo can lead to a pregnancy, as well have periods! 

I was most excited to see this, you can order pads and tampons, pills for period symptoms, even birth control! You get various moods dependent on symptoms like premenstrual and going through your period cycle. Again, some pretty realistic gameplay. 

Wicked Whims 

Now, in all honesty, I thoroughly contemplated not writing about this but seeing as this IS a mod I downloaded, I think it’s only appropriate to end this guide with Wicked Whims. As many in the Sims community know, this mod enables nudity, removing the blurry pixelated effect.

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