The Sims 4 is a pretty perfect game, but there are those of us who have found ways to make it… perfecter. When you think of mods, you might think of games like The Elder Scrolls or Fallout, but the Sims 4 modding scene is one of the biggest and most expressive on the planet. We may already be spoiled for customisation options in The Sims 4, from content packs to Kits, but that hasn’t stopped fans coming up with some incredible additions to the game.
Sims 4 mods range from simple item skins to whole social systems that allow you to interact with the game in a totally new way. Several websites and content creators have been able to build a fanbase solely from custom creations for The Sims 4.
But now, Sims fans, it’s time to say “sul sul” to a centralised mod platform that brings all your favourite Sims 4 creations together. Overwolf’s CurseForge platform has teamed up with EA to launch an official Sims 4 page that is already absolutely overflowing with trusted mods that are safe and easy to use. Read on for a guide to Sims 4 mods, and get downloading!
What do mods do?
The Sims 4 is a game that pulls fans for many different reasons. Some are gameplay-based, with many wanting a simulation experience where they can flit from career to career, create a loving family unit, or take down the neighbourhood in a series of mysterious deaths. Others come to The Sims 4 for its wide range of building and customisation options, preferring to use it as a virtual interior design booth, styling gothic mansions, iconic mini-homes, or charming cottagecore abodes.
Whichever style of Simmer you are, the dedicated people behind some of the franchises biggest mods will have something up their sleeve to help you improve your gameplay. Whether you’ve grown tired of the colours on offer for a certain item, want to use a more realistic art style in the game, or want more spice in the lives of your unwitting Sims, the CurseForge mods page will have something for you.
What’s the benefit?
If you’ve played Sims 4 into the ground, it stands to reason that you’d be looking for something to jazz it up, but if you still enjoy the vanilla game, why would you be using mods? The truth is that the modding community of The Sims is so vast that anyone of any skill or interest level can find immense value in it. Not only do EA support mods actively in the community, but now with the CurseForge collaboration, you can be sure that every one you download is safe and ready to go.
For decorative Simmers, mods can add things like clutter or decor to an otherwise sparse house. You can find things you’d never dreamt of – like historical artefacts, posters of your favourite bands, and even functional items like baby cribs and pushchairs. You can give your Sim the bedroom you had as a kid, or make a film set from your favourite film – the sheer amount of re-skins means you’ll be browsing for days.
For those who prefer to play God with their Sims, there are a series of mods that introduce new concepts into the game. Each and every one is made by other Sims fans, so they know what gamers like you really want. You’ll be able to add whims, poses, moodlets, aspirations, and traits – along with entire gameplay features such as the introduction of working grocery shops, or a functioning primary school.
How do I pick which ones I want?
Sims 4 mods usually come in two distinct styles, which you’ll see referred to as Maxis Match or Alpha CC. Maxis Match does what it implies in the name, with the modders carefully staying true to the Sims 4 art style as they create their custom content. Anything that looks more realistic, more stylised, or unusually cartoony is categorised as Alpha.
Using Maxis Match means your game will still look and feel like a Sims 4 game, just with a little more pizazz. It’s also easy to pop them in your game without much thought. Switching to Alpha might take a bit of time, as you’ll want to make sure everything in your game ties together aesthetically, but can yield some really impressive and photorealistic results, making it a more believable experience.
Usually, downloading these mods meant a great deal of sifting through various scattered sites and hoping that a potentially virus-laden zip file isn’t about to unleash hell on your precious computer. Curseforge have pretty much put a stop to that, as using their platform means you can browse away without any fear of nasty bugs and malicious software.
Why use CurseForge?
Having everything in one place is going to save you a lot of time and stress. As mentioned before, each mod is 100% safe and complies with The Sims 4 guidelines, and are filtered for quality curation.
Gone are the days of chaotic files and buggy updates, as CurseForge takes care of it all. In the before times, people who had mods for The Sims 4 had to file them away in their PC, uninstalling and reinstalling with every update. CurseForge’s approach is far simpler – just download them once, file them neatly with organised thumbnails, and keep them up-to-date with no hassle.
Everything is free to download, but you can also support your favourite creators. CurseForge’s Authors Rewards Program makes sure the modders among you will also be compensated for your hard work in making The Sims 4 a better place to be.
Can I make my own mods?
Absolutely. CurseForge is there to support modders, and their ethos has always been to support them before, during, and after their work. If you’re a seasoned modder looking to make a living off your creations, download the platform and start sharing your creations with the world.
You’ll also be eligible for special Creators Events, access to the Mod Squad of top modders for advice and support, and be able to participate in the nine-week long CC Festival with prizes from a pool of $100,000!
Simply download CurseForge for Overwolf and browse their extensive Sims 4 mod collection, keeping everything organised and updated, or upload your own mods to take part in the CC Festival. Try it for yourself today!