The Sims 4 is truly a beast of a game. With expansions that let you send your sims to college, make friends with a mermaid, and become the hottest new celebrity, it’s a far cry from the original, single-neighborhood game we all remember. But, even with the vast number of Sims 4 expansion packs on offer, it hasn’t lost the weird and zany nature that really makes this game so popular.
With the latest expansion pack release on the horizon, we take a look back at all the Sims 4 expansion packs on offer, and what they add to your game.
All of The Sims expansion packs are available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
The Sims 4 Base Game
If you want to enjoy any of the expansion packs below then you’re going to need to get hold of The Sims 4 base game first. With the base game alone, you have everything you need to create and control your own family of sims whether you want to see them succeed or trap them in a pool with no ladder and a fence around it so they swim until they die… Apparently, some people like to do that.
Sims 4 Get To Work
The first expansion pack brought out for The Sims 4 was Get To Work. This pack revolutionized how jobs work in The Sims. With this game, they added in three new career paths Medical, Science, and Detective, that allowed you to directly control your Sims at work for the first time. This really helped to make the game feel more immersive as you no longer had to sit and wait for the hours to roll by while your Sim was busy working.
They also introduced the ability to purchase your own retail store which would let you build a retail empire all of your own. These new career options really helped to make the game feel more modern and added a new layer of gameplay that even the most dedicated fans could enjoy.
Sims 4 Get Together
The second Sims 4 expansion pack to release was a more familiar one. Get Together reminded fans of the similar Sims 2 Nightlife and Sims 3 Late Night that introduced more nighttime activities for your Sims. But, what Get Together did differently was introduce Clubs into the mix. The game comes preloaded with an array of clubs that your Sim can join, or you can create your own. Your club can hold social nights and unlock special rewards, and your reputation is affected by the clubs you’re in.
It also added new skills to train your Sim in such as Dancing and DJing, really rounding out the choices for your Sim to have an epic night out. We also got the new world of Windenburg which introduced bars and restaurants as well as a whole host of new houses for your Sim to move into.
Sims 4 City Living
My favorite expansion pack from the earlier games was the Apartment Life game back from The Sims 2 era, so when City Living was released, I couldn’t wait to try it out. With this pack, we got another new world to explore with the city of San Myshuno. You now had the option of moving your Sims into an apartment rather than a house with a deposit and weekly rent payments rather than needing the whole amount upfront.
City Living also brought some new career options with it for life in the city. Politics, Food and Art Critic, and Social Media jobs are now available for your Sims to explore. The game also introduced some cool new social interactions and communal areas within the city for your Sim to explore, with regular events being held there as well.
Sims 4 Cats And Dogs
If you can’t tell what this expansion pack brought to the table, then I don’t really know how to help you. Cats and Dogs introduced, well, cats and dogs. You could now create a furry friend for your Sim, bond with them, and train them up.
We also got another new world in the form of Brindleton Bay and another new career path where you can become a Vet, and even open up your own clinic.
Sims 4 Seasons
Another popular expansion pack from previous generations is Seasons, making your Sims’ world more realistic with changing weather patterns and holiday celebrations. You can now select special winter and summer outfits as well as decorate your house with seasonal paraphernalia. And, in true The Sims fashion, they’ve even created their own version of Santa who comes to visit you every Christmas (and yes, you can woohoo with him).
This Sims 4 expansion pack also brought in the gardening skill and a whole host of potential rewards that came along with it. Finally, we got a huge range of season-specific activities to enjoy such as making snow angels and playing in leaves.
Sims 4 Get Famous
With the Sims 4 Get Famous expansion pack, we finally got the chance to live out our celebrity fantasies. They introduced a new job that allowed you to control your Sim at work in the form of the Acting career branch.
Every Sim now has a star rating as well, which increases through certain activities. The higher your star rating, the more exclusive places you can get into, and you’ll start to notice people treating you differently. Acting isn’t the only path to fame though, as you can rocket your way to stardom by becoming a streamer, author, or social media star.
Sims 4 Island Living
Whisk your Sims away to a tropical paradise with Sims 4 Island Living and island of Sulani. You can experience every facet of island life from swimming with dolphins to getting sunburnt if you don’t wear sunscreen. Oh, and there are mermaids here too.
They also introduced a focus on respecting the indigenous culture of Sulani, and taking care of the island’s eco-system. You can also take up island-specific careers in fishing or diving, or take on odd jobs here and there to make ends meet without becoming a slave to your job.
Sims 4 Discover University
Indulge in some higher learning by sending your Sims off to college with Sims 4 Discover University. You have the choice of two places to study - Britechester University or Foxbury Insitute, both located in the new world of Britechester.
Just like previous college expansions, the better your sim does at University, the better they will be once they enter their chosen careers. You’ll also get to relive the joys of living in shared dorms and college societies.
Sims 4 Eco Living
The latest Sims 4 expansion pack is hitting stores Friday, 5th June. This pack is centered around improving the environment and having your Sims work together as a community. They’ve introduced ways to live more sustainably by producing your own power and creating new goods from recycled materials like candles and juice.
There are also more opportunities to change the world around you. Your neighbors and you will vote each week on local changes, and the decisions you make will have an impact on the world. Opting for more eco-friendly choices will result in clearer skies, whereas increases in pollution will make for a smoggy city.
Well, that’s all the Sims 4 expansion packs that are available right now - which is your favorite? The Sims has long been an institution in gaming and with each of these expansion packs (as well as the numerous game packs and stuff packs), we get treated to more awesome content. Let us know what kind of expansion pack you hope they’ll release next!