Many The Sims fans like how the games let them tell stories, and there are a number of mods that help players improve their stories.
The Sims series has been known for a long time for its fun and unique gameplay, even if it is sometimes artificial. Still, it’s not a secret that Sims 4 hasn’t been as good at telling stories as its predecessors. Unlike Sims 2, there are no pre-set relationships or dramas in the neighborhood, and unlike Sims 3, it was so much harder to go out and make memorable ones unless players really tried.
In The Sims 4, the Sims are just about okay, which makes it much harder to make stories for them that are interesting. So modders filled in the gaps and made the game more fun and realistic.
SimDa Dating App
Apps for dating have become very popular in real life. People are getting busier and busier, so it’s getting harder and harder to meet someone and set up a date on your own. Thankfully, these apps do a half-decent job of meeting people by letting them know right away when they are available. Many people find them useful for finding a nice person to hang out with, date, or even marry sometimes!
This new kind of social interaction has also come to The Sims 4 thanks to a great mod that added a dating app for Sims to use. Players can look for a specific person, go on a random date, or even just meet up with someone. It’s a great and natural way for single Sims to meet other Sims and maybe find the spark they’ve been looking for.
When a Sim goes to hang out with someone, sometimes the player doesn’t want to take an active part every time. This personal touch is fun on its own, but it’s also fun to let them do their own thing instead of telling them what to do on a date, at a get-together, or in a similar situation.
This mod adds a lot of social events where Sims can meet their needs, do their homework, make friends, and do other similar things. It’s a simple and great way to make sure that players can take care of their house without their Sim, so they don’t have to be with them on their adventures.
Fostering kids who don’t have a family is a kind thing to do, and any parent who does it should be thanked. Who wouldn’t want to take care of a child who has been left alone and needs help? Players who want their Sims to be as kind as possible can use this mod to take care of an orphaned baby, child, or teen until they can find a new place to live.
With the Foster Family mod, players can even take care of pets if they want to. Players also get money to help pay for the child’s or pet’s care, and Sims can choose to adopt a kid they’ve been caring for if they’ve grown attached to them. It’s a simple but great mod that helps players connect with certain Sims in a more natural and memorable way.
Most people would think that life is easy if they played The Sims 4. People have to go through a lot of battle and strife over the course of their lives, which would be hard to put into a game like The Sims 4 that is meant to be fun for everyone without making some people uncomfortable.
Life Tragedies is a great way to keep things more grounded and real in The Sims 4. Sims do have rough times in their lives, like when they get in car crashes or are picked on by other kids. It’s a great task because players have to figure out how to deal with any unplanned tragedies that a Sim might have gone through.
Life’s Tragedies may talk about things that can get pretty sad at times, but Life’s Drama takes a step back and talks about more everyday drama in the neighborhood. It adds a number of events where Sims may have to deal with problems based on how they get along with other Sims in the area.
It’s a great way to spice up what’s going on in The Sims 4, since it lets players find out the dirty secrets of certain Sims and spread the word about them. Keep in mind, though, that the Sim who spreads the rumor could also become a target if they aren’t careful.
The WooHoo Wellness Mod
This Sims 4 mod by Lumpinou is quickly becoming known as the new foundation for telling Sims stories. It adds a lot to The Sims 4’s relationship and pregnancy systems by giving them more depth. For example, players can set their Sims’ tastes for whether or not they want to be pregnant or become parents, and the Sims will act accordingly.
Partners who disagree about this can fight about it. It can change how they feel about the baby after it is born. Sims who are in a relationship can go to counseling, get checked for WTDs, have paternity tests, get abortions, and so much more. They can also talk about their past relationships, and one Sim can feel suspicious about the friends of their partner or say so. All of this can either make relationships stronger or cause them to fall apart. There are no limits to how good a story can be. For The Sims 4 legacy tasks, the mod is a must-have.
The Preteen Mod
This Sims 4 mod by Itskatato adds, as the name suggests, an extra (but optional) life stage to the game. Instead of seeming to jump from age 10 to 16, a Sim can age up into a preteen middle schooler, learning that they need deodorant and body cream to live as their voices crack. They can have their first crushes on Simstagram and stalk them, or they can flirt with them and make for great picture ops. If the WonderfulWhims mod is also loaded, their parents will be able to give them pills to help them calm down.
Players must set their ideal age range for preteens by hand, and once that age range has passed, the Sim will naturally age up to a teen. In terms of the story, the mod gives a much more realistic way for the character to grow up.
The Slice Of Life Mod
It’s an obvious choice that almost every Sim who plays with mods has loaded, but this list wouldn’t be complete without it. The SoL mod by KawaiiStacie gives The Sims 4 an unbeatable level of realism that changes everything, from a Sim’s feelings to how they act to how they look when they talk to other Sims.
It shows how the Sims’ MBTI personality types affect their feelings and how they act. It also gives them things to remember and talk about with other people. They get sick, get the flu, have their periods, get stomach bugs or cramps, show signs of being pregnant before the game tells them, get drunk, and more.
Sims will actually blush when they are shy or flirty, and they will cry when they are sad. After fights, they get bruises. Teen Sims get zits and need to take care of their face. They look and act more like real people, and the range of emotions this Sims 4 mod lets them show is great for stories.
The Playful Toddler Mod Set
Toddlers are one of The Sims 4’s strong points, but there aren’t many ways for older Sims to play with and connect with them. This mod set by PandaSamaCC gives the game new toys, baby features, and ways to interact with them. Some of these are well-known to Sims 2 players. Like the cribs that babies cry to get out of or the table where you change their diapers.
Some are fairly new, like the makeup kit toddlers can use to paint their playmate’s face, the toy food truck older Sims can pretend to order from, or the toy phone they can now use to teach toddlers how to talk. But playmates don’t have to be older Sims; they can also be younger Sims. The Sims 4 mod is perfect for family games, and the stories that come out of the new ways for Sims to connect with each other make it well worth getting.
The Education Overhaul Mod
Private schools and boarding schools have been added to The Sims 4 by mods before, but this one by Adeepindigo does both while also changing Spacebar Clicker game’s normal education system in a big way. Kids can choose to go to public school or pay for prep school, as long as they pass the process to get in. Their parents may send them to the military or private school, which will make them miss their families. Each school has a different set of homework, projects, or, in the case of prep schools, outfits. As kids get older and become adults, they can stay at their current school or move to a different one.
Students experience field trips, detentions, picture days, and school parties. They get snow days and summer breaks, their parents can go to Parent-Teacher conferences, and Teen Sims are told about standard ability tests and graduation. With this Sims 4 mod and the Preteen Mod, it’s now possible to closely follow a Sim’s growth from childhood through puberty and into adulthood. This makes it possible to tell more interesting stories. That doesn’t even take into account how interesting it could be for kids from the same family to go to different schools, especially if one of them goes to private school.
The MC Command Centre Mod
There is a reason why Deaderpool’s mod is so popular among people who play The Sims 4. Without this Sims 4 mod, the lives of Sims outside of the active household would stay the same until EA made the latest update to their Neighborhood Stories system, other than the fact that they would age and die. Even now, Neighborhood Stories is missing many of MCCC’s best features. For example, unplayed Sims can’t get together with other Sims on their own and get married or pregnant unless they’re already in a relationship.
The randomness and freedom of how the story goes in MCCC reminds me of earlier Sims games, and it makes for a complicated story. When a Sim leaves home for a long time and then comes back, it’s fine to find out that the sibling they left behind has grown up and gotten a job. But what if the sibling married someone the Sim hates? Much better.
The WonderfulWhims Mod
This mod by Turbodriver adds attraction tastes to the game, which is another thing that Sims 4 storytellers use all the time. Sims can look around their current surroundings for people they like, and players can set their Sims’ gender preferences by percentage, which makes bi or pan stories a little more realistic.
There is also the option to set a Sim’s choice for an open relationship, an exclusive relationship, or both. This lets Sims have polyamorous relationships or makes for great story potential when two Sims with different preferences end up together. Because, of course, Sims can ask other Sims, even NPC Sims, what they like, and they might not like what they hear.
The Healthcare Redux Mod
Maybe going to the store or doctor doesn’t sound like much of a story, but it’s a necessary part of life, especially when something worse is coming up. This Sims 4 mod, which was also made by Adeepindigo, gives you a lot more than just a regular health check. It lets Sims deal with real-life illnesses and accidents, like appendicitis, that require sick days or surgery at the hospital.
They might have problems with their mental health or postpartum sadness and need therapy or medicine to help them. There are diseases that Sims can get shots for and illnesses that, in rare cases, can kill them. During treatment, things can go wrong. Sims may worry about whether or not their health insurance will cover certain treatments. All of these events have a wide range of possible emotional storylines.
The Sims 4 can now be played on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.