The Sims 4 has so much to do in the game. Between the base game and the additional Stuff Packs, Expansion Packs, and Game Packs that have been released to add even more content and more fun for players, it's basically impossible to get bored while enjoying a game of The Sims 4.
While the game has a ton of content for players, there are some players that still like to get a little more out of their game. Luckily, the Sims community is full of talented people that create custom hairstyles, clothing, furniture, and even gameplay tweaks. Some of these are just for cosmetic purposes, some add some silly fun, and some make your game even more realistic.
To see 20 of the best mods to make The Sims 4 even more realistic, keep reading!
Updated on July 4, 2021, by Ritwik Mitra: The Sims 4 is easily one of the most enthralling and addictive games around. The massive popularity of this franchise has pretty much cemented the fact that players are absolutely obsessed with micromanaging the lives of virtual sims as they pretty much take on the role of god. That being said, players obviously would want more from a life sim experience that's unlike anything on the market... including gameplay that ends up feeling awfully realistic. Keeping this in mind, here are some of the best Sims 4 mods for realistic gameplay that players can try out!
20 Basemental Drugs
Players looking to add a darker spin to the lives of their can achieve the same with Basemental's mods. This creator has some of the more realistic Sims 4 mods, with Basemental Drugs being one such valuable addition.
With this mod, players can integrate drug use and abuse into The Sims 4. Players who choose this mod can further augment this dark gameplay with...
19 Basemental Gangs
Basemental Gangs is a mod that might not be up everyone's alley. However, players who do decide to download this add-on may find themselves oddly enthralled by the changes this mod brings.
Featuring gang management, rivalries, and everything else along the same lines, Basemental Gangs is easily one of the best Sims 4 mods on this list. The gameplay additions might be a bit too much to handle at times, but players who manage to invest themselves into this game will find themselves enjoying a great end product.
18 Wicked Whims
Easily the most obscene mod on this list by a country mile, don't give Wicked Whims a pass just because of its Rated R content. The changes it makes when it comes to fleshing out the sexuality of the Sims is truly one of a kind.
The end result is one of the most realistic Sims 4 mods that is extremely realistic to boot. From overhauling the attraction system to adding a bunch of risque animations and the like — Wicked Whims is the perfect mod for Sims players who want their romantic ventures in the game to venture into the extreme.
17 Have Some Personality PLEASE!
Players who want the nuances of the Wicked Whims without any of the risque content can enjoy the same with the Have Some Personality PLEASE! mod. It's easily one of the best mods for Sims 4 by a country mile.
With this mod, Sims actually feel like their own people who are more in line with the traits they possess. This prevents the gameplay from becoming too much of a drag and also allows for some excellent emergent gameplay as well.
16 The Sims 4 Go to School Mod Pack
The Go to Work expansion pack was an excellent addition for The Sims 4. Having the ability to control Sims at their workplace and take care of any challenges that came on the way made for an exciting gameplay change that was quite welcome indeed.
So, in a bid to emulate the same gameplay loop for schoolchildren, the Go to School Mod Pack was released as well. With this mod, players can send their children to school and control them directly as they face a slew of academic trials and tribulations.
15 Ultrasound Scan
Just like in the real world, pregnancy is a huge part of a Sim's life. Sims are able to have people feel their stomach, talk about their due date, and can even tell people the big news after they take a pregnancy test. But, there are a couple of things missing from the experience of playing through a Sim's pregnancy.
One of them is the fact that Sims aren't able to go to the doctor to get an ultrasound to check up on their baby or to print and take it home with them. With this mod, Sims are able to take a trip to the doctor and can bring home an ultrasound scan of their little bundle of joy.
14 Meaningful Stories
Meaningful Stories is a mod that's perfect for anyone that really gets into the storytelling aspect of playing The Sims 4. Although the game already has a lot of different moodlets that can change the way your Sim's day is going based on things that happen to them, there are a lot of things that Sims just don't react to the way that we would hope they would.
Thanks to this mod, Sims react more realistically to different life events. Along with adding new moodlets, this mod also changes the way some other events can impact your Sim's mood in a more realistic way.
13 Height Slider
This mod is one that changes the way Create a Sim works. While it's already possible to change just about everything about your Sim's physical appearance (including the size of their feet!), the one thing that we can't change is your Sim's height. Because of this, every Sim is the exact same height.
While this is a completely aesthetic mod, it's still definitely a fun and unique one that can change your gameplay up and make your game a lot more realistic. This mod will allow you to make your Sims taller or shorter, making it a lot more realistic than having everyone be the exact same height.
12 Talkative Trait
Some people just love to talk and tell stories to the people around them. In the base game of The Sims 4, there's really no trait that expresses that. Some, like the "Outgoing" trait, are similar, but just not quite what we're looking for.
Luckily, the Talkative Trait is a CC trait that completely changes that. With this trait, Sims will now love to talk and chat about just about anything they can to anyone who will listen. If you've got a Sim that would never shy away from chattering on about their favorite hobbies or interests, this mod is perfect.
11 More Best Friends
More Best Friends is a mod that changes the way your Sim's friendships work. In the game, as it currently is, your Sim can become best friends with a single other Sim. It can be their spouse, a friend, or a family member.
While that's great, it's not exactly realistic to only have a single best friend. Most people have multiple best friends and, if you're looking to make their relationships with other Sims more realistic, this mod is the perfect one to put into your game.
10 Slice Of Life
This popular mod is a go-to for many people that are looking to make their game slightly more realistic. This mod is a mostly aesthetic one that changes the way your Sim looks slightly, depending on the mood or state that they're in.
If your Sim has been at a nightclub enjoying some drinks, they'll have a little redness in their cheeks. If they've recently gotten into a physical fight with another Sim, they'll have bruises on their face, and they'll blush when they're feeling flirty or embarrassed. Along with these physical changes, this mod adds a lot of new emotions like shy, ambitious, hurt, and insecure.
9 True Happiness
True Happiness is a mod that changes the way your Sim's moods work in a more realistic way. Currently, Sims are basically always in some kind of positive mood like happy. It's pretty easy to keep your Sims feeling good as the game is right now, which is fine but not all that realistic.
If you're looking for a more realistic way to manage your Sim's moods, check out the True Happiness mod! This mod changes the way that events impact your Sim's mood. Now, becoming truly "happy" for your Sims involves having something really special happen to them.
8 Faster Eating And Drinking
This mod isn't one that just makes your game slightly more realistic, it also helps to make your game a lot more fun. Currently, Sims take quite a while to do just about anything. But with this mod, at least one part of their life is sped up dramatically.
Anyone who plays The Sims 4 will know how long their Sims can take to eat their meals. They could be sitting at the table for hours eating and that is not only unrealistic but also a little annoying since you've likely got other things you want them to do as well. Luckily, this mod is here to help as it speeds up that process.
7 Invisible Fence
Invisible Fence is a mod that changes the way your Sims interact with the world around them. If you've ever spent a ton of time on a house and perfectly landscaped the outside of your Sim's home, you'll know how frustrating it can be to have them completely ignore the pathways that you've created in order to cut through the grass.
This mod is one that makes their behavior with things like sidewalks and pathways more realistic. With this mod, you can fence off your pathway and force your Sim to walk along it instead of randomly cutting through the grass. The best part is, it's completely invisible, so you won't be able to see it!
6 50% Lower Salaries
Let's be honest, Sims get paid really well. As they move up through the ranks of their careers, they get all kinds of bonuses, rewards, and raises in their pay. While that's great for people that want to buy their Sims all the coolest gadgets and most comfortable pieces of furniture, it's just not entirely realistic. With this mod, the salaries are cut down to a more realistic place. Time to get frugal!
5 Realistic Reactions
As it is, Sims already have reactions to a lot of things in the world and things that happen to them. But, there are some things that they don't really react to or have conversations with other Sims about, which can be pretty unrealistic.
With this mod, Sims now have a more realistic reaction to various things around them that happen. From being cheated on to witnessing their parents arguing when they're children, Sims will now react more realistically to the things that happen to and around them, instead of just getting a temporary moodlet and moving on.
4 SimDa Dating App
SimDa Dating App is a mod that gives your Sims a whole new way to find lasting love... Or not. This mod is one that adds a dating app into your Sim's mobile phone and gives them a few different options for the dates they can find on the app.
After opening the SimDa menu, Sims are able to search the app for something specific, like another Sim that wants a serious relationship, get matched up for a blind date, or just find someone who's also looking for a one-night fling.
3 Better Romance
Better Romance is a mod that changes the way romantic relationships work between Sims. Currently, it's pretty easy to get a romantic relationship between two Sims. Even if they don't have a romantic relationship, all the romantic interactions are available for a player to choose when they're interacting with another Sim.
While that's fine, it's not that realistic of an aspect of the game. With this mod, players are able to make the romantic relationships with their Sim and the Sims around them more realistic. This mod will make certain romantic interactions only possible after different points in their romantic relationship.
2 Nintendo Game Replacements
This mod and the creator's second version are mods that make a small part of the game more realistic but are definitely fun for people that have Sims that are really into gaming. Currently, playing a game on a gaming console or a computer allows the player to choose from a variety of different games, including MySims Go!, a game inspired by the real-world game MySims.
These two mods from this talented creator change the games that are available for your Sim to play when they sit down to start gaming. Instead of the games that are unlocked as they level up their gaming skill, the games available will now include real games, like Animal Crossing, Resident Evil 7, and Grand Theft Auto V.
1 Unlisted Phone Number
This mod is one that changes the way that Sims can contact your Sim. Currently, anyone with who your Sim has a relationship is able to call them, regardless of whether or not you've actually selected the "exchange phone numbers" interaction, an interaction that is under the romantic tab on a Sim's interactions.
While that's pretty useful and makes the game really easy, it's not all that realistic. In the real world, people don't just magically have each other's phone numbers without actually sharing them. With this mod, only Sims that your Sim has chosen to give their phone number to will be able to call them.
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