Best The Sims 4 Expansion Packs Ranked
Find out about the best Sims 4 expansion packs to buy for yourself or for someone who loves the game.
The expansion pack has been an important part of The Sims series for the players as well as for EA. 🤑 Despite new content being continuously added to the base game, the expansion packs can introduce mechanics and items that can really lighten up the gameplay. But with these eye watering price of $40 for one EP, you really need to be smart about which one to add to your collection.
Whether you’re a simmer yourself or buying a gift for one, there are two things that can ease the decision making. Firstly, we’ve ranked The Sims 4 expansion packs from worst to best. Secondly, you can check prices on GG.deals and find cheap Sims 4 Expansion packs or The Sims 4 sale. Even if there’re no good deals, you can create a price alert for the most wanted DLCs so you’ll be instantly notified about better offer.
9. The Sims 4: Island Living
Release Date: 21 June 2019
This is a classical expansion pack about exotic beach holidays we’ve seen in every single previous game with a twist. As you start exploring the newly added town Sulani, you’ll instantly see the resemblance with culture and sceneries of the Pacific Islands. From outfits and tattoos to the overwater bungalows and unique gameplay with island spirits and kava parties, the pack is dedicated to this culture. It also introduces classical beach activities such as sunbathing, sand-castle building, swimming in the ocean and water scooter rides.
However, it is a full-on town, meaning there are no hotels to book for a temporary escape, like it was in previous The Sims games. For better or worse, you can either visit Sulani as a regular town, or buy your sims a house near the sea to live here all year round. To make life even more paradise-like, you can take up a new semi-active career of a conservationist and make a positive impact the island's environment. It’s great but you’ll see something similar later in the article. Overall, it’s suitable for those who are in love with the idea of owning a house near the ocean and love the island aesthetic. Or, if you really want mermaids in your game.
8. The Sims 4: Get to Work
Release Date: 31 March 2015
It is the first expansion pack of The Sims 4, and its key feature is the introduction of three active careers. Instead of sending your sim into a “rabbit hole” during work hours, you can join him/her in hospital, police station or lab and take control of their career. Each working day you need to fill your progress bar by completing daily tasks. With each full progress bar you get closer to your promotion, meaning new responsibilities, perks and hidden objects being unlocked. For instance, at some point in their career, scientists can visit Sixam, a hidden lot inhabited by aliens (yup, you’ll get aliens with Get to Work).
Don’t fancy the idea of having a 9-5 job? Become your own boss by purchasing retail business, where you can sell your NPCs anything from cookies to clothing and paintings. The possibilities are endless. This sounds pretty exciting and just a tiny bit grindy for the first two weeks. But the tasks for each work day soon become too repetitive. You will eventually get bored and switch back to rabbit hole workday and forget about active careers. You will eventually come back as active career really differentiates the gameplay. In the meantime, you can play around with the new photography and baking skills.
7. The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle
Release Date: 5 June 2020
Kudos to Maxis for bringing a completely new idea and bringing to light the very real world problem to the life simulator. There’s so much completely new content never seen in The Sims series that you can’t get your head around at first. But with time you will start digging the eco footprint and the impact it makes on all towns, not just new Evergreen Harbor. You can turn the neighbourhood into a neat green paradise or smogged industrial dump. The outcome will depend on which objects you’ll buy for your sims as certain objects affect the eco footprint.
The recycling and Neighbourhood Action Plans are another novelties which are exciting, but for a limited circle of players. It is hard to see every second simmer wanting their sims to dive into a dumpster or making countless social interactions in order to have enough points to cast NAP vote. Nonetheless, Great for those who are interested in this topic and playing low-income families with off the grit lot features.
6. The Sims 4: Get Famous
Release Date: 16 November 2018
Do you realise how unsatisfying book publishing, being a musician or an artist is in the base game? You’d sell yet another masterpiece to art gallery, but not a single soul gave a damn? Thanks to the fame system that comes with this expansion pack, your sims will never feel underappreciated. As you gain your fame points and achieve a new level of popularity, the townies will start asking for autographs, the paparazzi will follow your every step. You can adjust which fame perks to get through a convenient perk-tree chart, but remember that with more fame come more quirks.
With Get Famous the players will also get Del Sol Valley - a local version of Los Angeles, where the most famous characters live. You’d also get an active acting career, where you can start from cleaning product's commercials and sitcoms to a leading role in a blockbuster and requesting hefty fees. With big money comes lavish lifestyle, with astonishing evening gowns, mansions, upmarket furniture, marble floor and other luxurious items in build/buy mode. This kind of content is a real gem for those who love playing out for really rich families.
5. The Sims 4: Get Together
Release Date: 8 December 2015
This is one of the under-rated Sims 4 add-ons in the series. People rarely remember Get Together when talking about “good stuff”, while it offers an insane amount of reusable gameplay, CAS and build/buy content. You would repeatedly want to come back to charming European-styled Windenburg, which offers 27 lots to play around with. Some of these lots include nightclubs with proper DJ booths, which are perfect for dance parties, and coffee shops with espresso bars. If you own Get to Work in addition to that, your sim can live their dream of owning their indie Starbucks competitor.
The key feature of this expansion pack are interest clubs. You can suck up to the members of the pre-made clubs, hoping they’ll agree to take you. Or you can create one of your own, especially when the vast club creation allows you to pick anything: meetings location, rules, the background of its members. By spending club points, you can add powerful moodlets to create a perfect environment for your very specific gameplay needs. Even Grilled Cheese Appreciation Club exclusively for rich people can become a reality. The Sims 4: Get Together is perfect for players who love interacting with NPCs or craving more universal CAS content used for playing subtle stories.
4. The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs
Release Date: 10 November 2017
There are some things that you can’t imagine The Sims franchise without: swimming pools, occasional fires, burglars... And pets! Whether you want to get a specific dog or cat breed or to recreate your real-life pet with its unique features, this expansion pack gives a vast set of customisation tools, including the colour wheel. You can create The Joker cat, if you want - pet’s CAS is that detailed. You can give your pets unique personality traits, interactions, including weaning off bad habits. Alas, you won’t be able to control cats and dogs without downloading mods.
Does your love for four-legged friends has no limits? Master a veterinarian skill and open your own vet clinic to help the pets all over the town. Veterinarians can give different kinds of treatments from medicines to surgeries. The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs, like most of the expansions, offers Brindleton Bay, which looks like a picturistic New England seafront town plus a set of relaxed, comfy-looking outfits and countryside furniture.
3. The Sims 4: City Living
Release Date: 1 October 2016
The Sims 4: City Living is not just about the skyscrapers with lifts and apartments. It’s about multicultural megapolis San Myshuno, which was inspired by San Francisco, New York and dipped into love for Japanese, Indian and Morrocan cultures. And this love is shown in new colourful outfits, which will diversify the looks of your sims. What else can San Myshuno offer? The festivals you’ll be invited to from time to time, the most noteworthy of which are Flea Market, where you can buy cheap furniture that isn’t available in build/buy mode.
But, if you are interested primarily in apartments, you most certainly can rent one. The cheaper the flat is, the more adverse lot traces it’ll have and most certainly will get noisy neighbours that will keep your sims awake at night. Sounds like a drag? You can get a penthouse, which is similar to a regular house, only on the top of a skyscraper, meaning a beautiful view from the window. This kind of residential lot costs a lot, but, luckily, you get three new professions to earn that money with, and each has an option of working from home. You can now earn simoleons as a politician, critique or social media worker. This expansion pack is great for someone who’s looking for a new, realistic setting.
2. The Sims 4: Discover University
Release Date: 15 November 2019
The simmers were asking, the simmers were begging, but after 5 years of wait we got another classic expansion pack. Simmers can finally achieve a drastic difference in gameplay between young adult and adult sims by sending the first ones into one of two universities available. Discover University offers a large choice of degrees: from psychology and law to villainy. Whichever path you choose, it’ll be time consuming and challenging, just like in real life. And challenges should be welcomed in The Sims 4.
Especially that this expansion pack offers different “difficulty levels”. Your sims can be uni students in the comfort of their home, move into a new place with roommates or go hardcore in campus. You can settle for a Normal Degree, pick up easy As subjects a chill for most of the time, or go hardcore by trying to get Distinguished Degree, manage max number of modules and take a part-time job. You create the whole experience! In addition, you’ll find lots of mass market-looking outfits and Ikea-like furniture, both of which add more realism to the game with simple, modern looks.
1. The Sims 4: Seasons
Release Date: 22 June 2018
Long-story short: buy The Sims 4: Seasons now, unless you hate seasons and prefer eternal summer; the end. Introduction of seasons is a game changing features which transform a perfectly boring setting into a dynamic environment. Even the climate is a thing now in The Sims 4, as different worlds have their own weather patterns, so winter in Willow Creek looks and feels different to winter in Oasis Springs. Influence of the weather and temperature is not merely esthetical, but impacts mood and can even kill your beloved sims. So dress them accordingly.
But it doesn’t stop there. The expansion pack introduces holidays with its traditions, the practice of which grant powerful mood boosts, happiness points, and day-offs! You can keep track of holidays and create your own ones (Grilled Cheese Appreciation Day too) on the calendar, which is yet another new and very useful feature for coordinating daily routine, especially for lots with many characters. Add to that more gameplay objects to interact with, separate outfit categories for hot and cold temperatures and you will get a must-have expansion pack with tons of additional content.