the walking writer

One of my favorite parts of the Sims community is the immense wealth of mods and custom content to keep your game fresh and alive. Unlike in The Sims 3, the mods I use for The Sims 4 mostly add fun things to the game, instead of fixing lag and errors. Here is a sampling of my favorite mods so far:

Door Locks
Door locks are a useful feature in The Sims, and were always included in the previous games. For whatever reason, The Sims 4 has no locking system. This missing feature is especially annoying after the release of the Get to Work expansion. Fortunately, a brilliant mod creator heard the cries of the players and gave us this excellent mod. Now you can keep wandering store visitors from using your employee’s break room.

My rebellious teenage Sim having fun at school.

My rebellious teenage Sim having fun at school.

Go to School
Although I haven’t used this mod too much, I am thoroughly impressed by this mod’s very existence. Basically, the author used the active career system from the Get to Work expansion to create active school days for kids and teens. With this mod, you can choose to follow your younger Sims to school and direct them to participate in a variety of activities, including socializing and skill building. This mod is definitely worth it if you want to have more to do with your young Sims.

No Mosaic
I’m adult, and I think mosaics on Barbie dolls look silly.

Friendlier Ask to Leave
I’m not sure why the game is coded to make Sims look angry or embarrassed when they ask someone to leave. This mod changes the animation played so that everyone is happier.

Crazy Career Outfit in The Sims 4

If you really want to, you can send your Sim to work looking like this.

Customizable Career Outfit
This mod’s goal is is simple: it lets you alter the outfit your Sim wears to work.

MC Command Center
One of the missed features from The Sims 3 is the game’s story progression. Essentially, story progression gave Sims you didn’t control their own lives; they got married, had kids, found jobs and more. The Sims 4 does not have this feature, probably in an effort to help the game run more smoothly on lower-end computers. Fortunately, this mod came along to offer some of the same features. The mod does a number of things to liven your town, such as having Sims in relationships have kids to help replenish your town’s population. The mod also adds some other features and has optional modules. One of my favorite features of the mod is the ability to edit a townie’s look without using cheats.

Renamed Emotions
This is a simple cosmetic fix for the game. Instead of seeing your Sim’s emotions as “very angry,” you’ll see “furious” and so on.

No More Same Sims Everywhere
Not long after creating a new Sim, I usually take them out to socialize with their fellow Sims. No matter where I go, I see the same townie Sims over and over again. Don Lothario, please go away! This mod forces the game to actually randomize the Sims you’ll see at any public location.

If you haven’t tried out any mods for your game, I highly give it a shot. Mods are easy to install and can really spice up your game.