DarkSpawn Social Media Manager, Content Creator & EAGamechanger
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the chances are that if you know a Sims fan, additional content for their game ranks pretty high on their Christmas wish list. But with extra packs ranging anywhere from £9.99 to £34.99, you can waste a lot of money on a pack that they might not even enjoy – which is why we’re going to break it down for you, based on what kind of player your favourite Simmer happens to be.
This kind of Simmer rarely, if at all, plays the game itself. Instead, they spend hours creating the perfect architectural masterpiece that would put an episode of Grand Designs to shame. If your friend/partner/family member is this kind of Sims player then these might be the best options for you:
City Living (RRP £34.99)
This Expansion Pack is probably the most value-for-money pack for Builders, as it offers a brand new world to explore as well as some insanely good objects that not only add some ethnic flair, but also introduce multiple new building styles into the game. Want to create a Grecian style penthouse? Maybe a Moroccan style walk-up is more your thing? This pack has you covered. There are 4 distinct neighbourhoods within the pack-included world ‘San Myshuno’ (heavily inspired by New York) that range from a low-cost district all the way up to the most impressive and upmarket part of the city. Builders will love this pack.
Jungle Adventure (RRP £17.99)
Somewhat of an unsung hero in the Game Pack category, Jungle Adventure contains some incredible objects and building elements that really open up the way you can build. Whilst the intention of many of the build/buy objects in Jungle Adventure was to complement the new vacation world ‘Salvadorada’, you can easily use them in homes and apartments in the other worlds included in the Sims 4. The new kitchen items are a great mix between new and retro, whilst the colour palette is unrivalled in it’s innovative mix of bold colours and more natural tones. Ideal for builders!
Laundry Day Stuff (RRP £9.99)
The (currently) only community-led pack that has been released for The Sims 4, and in my opinion the best Stuff Pack overall. It’s no surprise that a pack that we helped to develop and shape is so high on most Simmers’ wish lists, but the thing that makes this pack stand out for me is that aside from introducing Laundry and another element of realism into the game, it contains items and build/buy elements that are both Bohemian and country cottage in style. So whether you’re buying for someone who loves traditional homes, or something a bit more eco-friendly, this pack works.
The CAS Fanatic
This kind of Simmer will spend hours creating the perfect Sim, Family, and painstakingly recreating themselves and their IRL friends in Create-A-Sim. They don’t settle for Townies!
Get Famous (RRP £34.99)
The newest addition to The Sims 4 franchise has given us some incredible CAS additions, including the ultimate status symbol; the Gucci slides. You might be thinking “but I’m buying for someone who doesn’t care about celebrity”, and that’s fine – this pack isn’t just about LA laid back style and glamorous outfits. This pack gives us some seriously awesome costumes, for Simmers who like a bit of fantasy in their game, but also includes some hairstyles that are both well designed and heavily versatile. Don’t dismiss this pack when shopping for a Simmer. It’s a well rounded gem!
Parenthood (RRP £17.99)
When Parenthood was released, even I was sceptical about what the pack would really bring to my game, but when I played around in CAS I was pleasantly surprised by just how much there was for kids and teens. Toddlers have always been neglected in The Sims 4, however this pack even manages to add something extra for the little ones too. So if you’re buying for a Simmer who loves to create their ideal or ‘perfect’ family then they might just need this pack as a matter of urgency.
Bowling Night Stuff (RRP £9.99)
Hear me out, because I know what you might be thinking; Bowling is a gameplay addition right? Yes, it is. But the amazing new outfits, and hairstyles are definitely not. This pack has some of the best male and female outfits of any stuff pack for The Sims 4. I personally use the Jean Shorts on nearly every female Sim, and the majority of the clothing is ‘Hot Weather’ suitable if you have Seasons. So don’t be put off by the name of this pack. Yes, it is centred around an Americana-style love of Bowling that some of us will never understand, but the outfits are on fleek. (Sorry!)
The Simulation Lover
This Simmer will bypass CAS and Build mode in favour of launching straight into a new community challenge or playing God by removing pool ladders or building walls around their Sims. Or they might just be a wholesome gameplay lover who can’t be bothered with wasting time making things when they could be getting engaged after 3 minutes of flirting. Who are we to judge?
Seasons (RRP £34.99)
If you know a Sims player, you’ve heard of this pack. I guarantee it. It was one of the most anticipated releases for The Sims 4 and it has yet to foster any serious criticism as most players, and builders/CAS lovers, simply love the new play style. Not only do we get seasonal weather and weather effects (Sims dying from freezing into huge icicles?), but we have been given Holidays and Events too. Trackable in your Sims’ personal calendar, these events and special days require Sims to complete actions and whims in order to have a good time. And if you’re worried about the diversity in the pack, don’t be. Christmas is aptly renamed ‘Winterfest’, but there are items for Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and non-religious special occasions too. It is well worth the RRP.
Dine Out (RRP £17.99)
Whilst this pack is sometimes given a less than favourable reputation in the Sims community online, this pack really does give something extra and fresh to your game if you’re more interested in gameplay than anything else. Luckily, there are copious amounts of Restaurants to download from the Gallery, and the ability to own and run a Restaurant really does give your game some extra play-ability that might otherwise be spent trying to fend off Vlad, or hand rear a Cowplant. I guess what I’m trying to say, is that if the Simmer you’re buying for is more interested in realism and playing the game like a more colourful version of real life, this pack is for them. If they prefer fantasy, Vampires might be better?
Kids Room Stuff (RRP £9.99)
This was very nearly a second vote for Laundry Day, but you can read about that above. Kids Room Stuff really is an under rated pack that I urge all Sims fans to purchase when they can. It’s not only great for Simmers who enjoy CAS and Building, but it is especially useful for players who want to give their child Sims something more to do day to day than attend school and eat cereal. In the absence of Parenthood, this pack may not live up to it’s full potential, but I still believe that it gives way more to than your game than some of the other packs available for The Sims 4. Now, I’m not saying that My First Pet Stuff should have been a free update…actually that’s exactly what I’m saying.
So there you have it. If you only have a small budget, Stuff Packs are your best friend. If you feel like splashing out a bit more, then in addition to the Expansions and Game Packs there are many bundle deals available that will combine a mixture of packs that will often mean you can get a bonus pack for the same price as buying one pack on it’s own. If you want to make the most of sales, Origin have sales throughout December and often in the New Year, so keep your eye on the store and bag yourself a bargain!