The Sims 4 Custom Content: Alpha vs. Maxis Match Part 2

The Sims 4 Custom Content: Alpha vs. Maxis Match Part 2


Welcome to part two of our short series looking at the world of custom content (or CC) for The Sims 4. Today, we’re delving into clothing and accessories from both sides of the CC spectrum. If you’re looking for some amazing new clothes for your Sims, keep reading!

Clothing – Tops and Dresses

The Sims 4 Maxis Match Clothing

Clothing is one of the most downloaded items for The Sims 4. Some put this down to a lack of diversity, others say it’s down to personal style and preference. There has always been a significant lack of ‘trendy’ clothing choices in The Sims franchise. In a game where we can finally make Sims that look exactly like us, fashion is a big deal. Plus, despite being able to create transgender Sims, there are still male and female clothing categories. However, CC creators are quick to add more options to our games. Above, you can see the gorgeous Crepe Extreme Plunge Dress by Alpha creator FashionRoyaltySims. On the right, you can see the Blue Rose Sweater by Trillyke which is a lovely example of Maxis Match clothing. You can probably see that there is a difference in fit, texture, light and shade, and style between the two. Whilst The Sims 4 does have some “sexy” outfit options, the PEGI12 rating does limit what can be included. You will find that Maxis Match CC, whilst still more up to date, is less risque than some Alpha CC.

Clothing – Skirts & Full Body

The Sims 4 Custom Content Clothes

One thing that differs greatly between Alpha and CC clothes, is compatibility. You will sometimes find that clothing ‘clips’ or doesn’t look as good on bigger/smaller Sims, or on certain skin tones. It’s something that you notice much, much more on female Sims than on male, but it’s always a potential problem. But problems aside, Alpha CC certainly gives you more options for style. I find it difficult to create Urban-Styled or Punk Sims with Maxis Match CC. Above, you will see the Fewa Overalls & Sweater from Helsoseira, which are perfect for street style or a casual teenage look. On the left, the Delmi skirt by Celebi88 is a nice option for Maxis Match lovers who want a simple skirt with some additional detail. The lines on Maxis Match clothing tend to be smoother, less sharp, but also offer less depth of detail.


The Sims 4 Custom Content Accessories

Accessories is such a vast category in the world of CC, as it includes glasses, hats, jewellery, leggings etc. But, fortunately, there are some great examples that really highlight the key differences between Maxis Match and Alpha. If you are a Simmer who wears a Hijab or Headscarf, or you just want more diversity in your game, Alpha has a big advantage. There are some head coverings within the game, but they are not flattering and restrict visibility of hair and skin details. There are some Maxis Match Hijabs out there, like the Joan Scarf from Pixeldaisy on the right. This is very well done, but as you can see it lacks some texture and volume. In contrast, bottom left you can see another Hijab by Pixeldaisy that has a lot more structure and looks more realistic. Whilst both are great options personally, the Alpha one just stands out more. Another ‘accessory’ that we are yet to have in The Sims 4 are nails/nail colours. My personal favourite, the Zeta nails by PralineSims are perfect and come in a lovely range of colours. There are shorter, or more extravagant styles out there, but these are what I tend to use.

In the next instalment, we will be looking at how custom content can add a flair of creativity when you’re making fantasy/supernatural Sims.


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