Which packs must you put money into?
The Sims 4 has plenty of downloadable content material within the types of Enlargement Packs, Recreation Packs, Stuff Packs, and extra not too long ago, Kits. These are all paid packages that add a plethora of latest content material to the sport, whether or not it’s the power to have a sizzling tub in your yard or the addition of magic and spells. Our The Sims 4 DLC information particulars one of the best Enlargement Packs, Recreation Packs, and Stuff Packs, in keeping with the largest Sims followers at Polygon.
The Sims 4 DLC, defined and priced
Expansion Packs usually add new gameplay techniques, like seasons or the power to personal retail shops, whereas additionally including tons of hairstyles, clothes, and furnishing objects. They price $39.99.
Recreation Packs are smaller than Enlargement Packs, however they’ll additionally add techniques like magic. In addition they embody hairstyles, clothes, and furnishings, however a lot lower than Enlargement Packs. Recreation Packs price $19.99.
Stuff Packs are even smaller and normally solely embody a handful of hairstyles, clothes, and furnishings objects. Stuff Packs price $9.99.
Kits are even tinier than Stuff Packs and solely embody just a few objects, a few of which add a brand new small mechanic to the sport, like vacuuming. Kits are $4.99.
Beneath we’ll discuss our favourite Enlargement, Recreation, and Stuff Packs that add our favourite components to The Sims 4. In fact, you don’t want all (or any) of those to play the video games, however these are those we like probably the most.
The Sims 4: Metropolis Residing Enlargement Pack
I have no idea why, however the Condo and Metropolis-themed Sims packs are at all times my favourite (**blows a kiss to The Sims 2: Condo Life, my buggy beloved**). I like having NPC Sims stay shut by to my very own Sims, and I just like the immersion of getting the world immediately obtainable for interplay — my Sims can get up within the morning and order a espresso on the stand, identical to I do!
Metropolis Residing provides a bunch of distinctive neighborhoods within the metropolis of San Myshuno, every with its personal aesthetic and quirks, in addition to some cool furnishings and garments. You can too attend Sim Comedian-Con, which I feel is hilarious. — Petrana Radulovic
The Sims 4: Cats and Canine Enlargement Pack
The power to present your Sims pets is a sport changer (actually), because of Cats and Canine. Including animals to your family is enjoyable, and it could be the factor your Sim household is lacking. There’s additionally the welcome addition of Brindleton Bay, an attractive cape city.
Whereas the sport is technically restricted to cats and canine, there’s a fox throughout the canine breeds and a raccoon within the cat breeds, if you’d like one thing somewhat bit extra spicy. — Julia Lee
The Sims 4: Seasons Enlargement Pack
Along with including the titular seasons to the sport, the Seasons Enlargement Pack provides plenty of enjoyable vegetation and holidays. The change in temperature and seasons additionally offers you an excuse to hook your Sim up with a number of outfits, quite than simply having them change from profession garments to their common garments on daily basis. — JL
The Sims 4: Cottage Residing Enlargement Pack
There isn’t a cozier Enlargement Pack for The Sims 4 than Cottage Living. It pulls one of the best components of The Sims 4 and makes them higher. There are extra animals to pet and befriend, like cows, foxes, and chickens. Gardening has been expanded, and I can do extra than simply are likely to my flowers. I can develop pumpkins and different greens, and share the delights with a brand new group in Henford-on-Bagley.
Cottage Residing has additionally carried out one thing that different Enlargement Packs have did not do for me. Primarily, I play The Sims 4 as a builder, and it’s much less frequent that I let the households and houses I’ve constructed play out as tales in-game. However in Cottage Residing, the group components of the sport added some construction to The Sims 4 that made gameplay really feel as approachable as constructing. I wished to discover the world, to select mushrooms and meet locals, as a way of finishing the given quests and facet duties. The small favors in Cottage Residing don’t overwhelm the sport with construction or directions — they’re straightforward to disregard, if that’s your name — however create sufficient of a wireframe round my world that I need to have interaction in it extra.
Specializing in constructing, Cottage Residing additionally simply has numerous dang cute issues so as to add to the house. Who doesn’t love a cottagecore cabin? — Nicole Carpenter
The Sims 4: Vampires Recreation Pack
I’m a sucker for the supernatural, and The Sims 4: Vampires delivers in spades. Vampire Sims have a singular array of powers that make them higher, stronger, and scarier than different Sims. The trade-off is that they require plasma, which is most simply obtained by dazing and consuming from their associates and neighbors. Add in a enjoyable array of dramatic make-up, stone gargoyles, and different haunting props to maintain round your vampire mansion, and it’s a strong pack.
Supernatural Sims are at all times a blast, and the vampires have some very cool powers that they’ll unlock over time. Manipulate the feelings of these round you, or just teleport to work. Every Vampire additionally has a darkish type, which is twice as a lot dolly gown up per Sim. It’s a successful system that solely will get higher when mixed with different items of DLC. — Cass Marshall
The Sims 4: Parenthood Recreation Pack
I’ve already gone on document about how a lot I hate raising toddlers in The Sims 4, however the Parenthood pack makes the entire course of … dare I say, fulfilling? Parenthood provides a ton of cute objects, centered round household and children. As a Sims participant who prefers recreating realism versus happening funky supernatural adventures (don’t get me fallacious — I nonetheless love funky supernatural adventures), packs that add the additional oomf of realism at all times do it for me.
Parenthood actually provides some cute particular issues, like children going via phases, household tasks, and somewhat household memo board to set curfews on! It’s the kind of life simulation that basically will get me going with the Sims. — PR
The Sims 4: Tiny Residing Stuff Pack
That is the one Stuff Pack that basically tickles my fancy. The Sims 4: Tiny Residing Stuff allows you to make Tiny Houses, a particular kind of Residential Lot that comes with perks when you’re capable of make it sufficiently small. It additionally consists of plenty of space-saving objects, like a Murphy mattress and bookshelves that even have TVs. — JL
The Sims 4: Nifty Knitting Stuff Pack
The Sims 4’s Nifty Knitting Stuff Pack is absolutely one of the necessities for me — I need my Sims to have the ability to do the stuff that I love to do. It’s an ideal pastime for a Sim, as a result of it’s a solution to cross the time and achieve a ability, nevertheless it’s additionally one other solution to earn a living within the sport. (Sims can promote their knitting undertaking on an Esty-like store known as Plopsy.) When it got here out in July 2020, I used to be additionally very impressed with the knitting animation within the sport; knitting is notoriously difficult to get right in media.
Alongside the act of knitting, the Stuff Pack additionally added, to place it merely, numerous cozy stuff — yarn balls, crochet and embroidery decorations, and a complete bunch of knitted sweaters. — NC