The 5 Best Sims 4 Mods of 2021

Wildly creative add ons to expand your gaming

The Sims is the most popular life simulation game in existence, with well over 200 million copies sold across all the entries in the series. The Sims 4 is no slouch, either, with more than 30 million of those sales belonging to that total alone. And if there's one thing the average Sims player loves, it's the ability to customize their game (and Sim!) exactly how they want. 

With that in mind, here are the best Sims 4 mods for 2021. Find out how to make your Sims feel more real, improve the way the game functions, change up even the most minute details about your Sim, and so much more. 

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Best for Human-Like Sims: Meaningful Stories

Meaningful Stories changes a lot about the Sims 4 and makes your Sims feel more human.


What We Like
  • In-game tool tips make it easy to install and play.

  • An in-game settings menu lets you control most aspects of the mod.

What We Don't Like
  • Upcoming feature previews are only available to patrons of the creator.

The Sims is a fantastic platform for creating and telling stories. In a way, it's like a choose-your-own-adventure book—within reason, anyway. Meaningful Stories changes the way the game handles emotions and mood to give your Sims a more human-like feel. It adds the potential for Sims to react in more natural and real ways to events, such as a forgotten birthday or a first date.

Meaningful Stories doesn't require the user to read a lengthy how-to about the way the mod works, either. An in-game tutorial and notifications make it easy for the player to learn how the mod works, and the settings menu allows players to change the various aspects of the mod to suit them. If there's something you don't like about Meaningful Stories, just turn off that part of the mod. Meaningful Stories is made by roBurky and is currently in active development.

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Best for Better Emotions: Emotional Inertia

Emotional Inertia gives Sims more human-like responses and makes emotions harder to change.


What We Like
  • The mod accounts for the age of the Sims and adds a new level of challenge.

  • The mod considers objective difficulty and accounts for that.

What We Don't Like
  • Understanding the intricacies of how the mod works can take some time.

Despite the depth of the game, your Sims can sometimes feel a bit too easy to manipulate. While their emotions do impact the game, they don't necessarily have as much impact as it might seem like they should have. Emotional Inertia makes moods harder to change, but also makes emotions align better with the Sim. For example, toddlers have different emotional responses than adults. Teenagers feel more like teenagers. The mod makes managing moods a bit harder, but also makes impactful events that much more important. 

Emotional Inertia is another mod by roBurky, but it doesn't interfere with any other mod. This means it can be used in conjunction with Meaningful Stories. Emotional Inertia also makes exceptions in how it applies its changes so that certain in-game objectives, such as changing the mood of guests at a party, isn't totally undoable. 

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Best for Total Control: MC Command Center

MC Command Center gives you incredible levels of control over the game.
What We Like
  • MC Command Center is the go-to mod for changing any and all aspects of the Sims 4.

  • The mod makes it easy to remove tedious elements that can detract from gameplay.

What We Don't Like
  • The mod is complicated, so there is a learning curve involved in using it.

Given that the Sims 4 is a life simulator, it makes sense that you can't control everything about everyone, right? Well, MC Command Center changes that. Much like Thanos and the Reality Stone, MC Command Center is a mod that allows the player to tweak almost every aspect of the game. You can set specific employment rates for certain ages, change how Sims manage their time, and much more. You can even discover what Sims are pregnant and terminate the pregnancies if you like. 

This is a great mod for players that want more control over the game. It makes it possible to create an in-game world according to your own vision. On the other hand, if you don't want that much control you can still tweak a few minor settings to reduce or remove inconveniences from the game. MC Command Center is a mod by Deaderpool. 

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Best for Housing: Build Your Own Houseboat

Build Your Own Houseboat lets you take your home onto the waves.


What We Like
  • Living on a houseboat is way cooler than living in an apartment.

  • The challenge of decorating a houseboat is unique due to the limited space.

What We Don't Like
  • Designing the actual layout and graphic for the houseboat can be truly difficult if you aren't familiar with making models.

If you ever have the urge to cast off from solid shores and live somewhere with a bit more motion, a houseboat is the way to go—and the Build Your Own Houseboat mod lets you do exactly that. You can choose to live on a houseboat rather than in a house, but space is far more limited and forces the player to be more creative in how they decorate their new living space. 

The Build Your Own Houseboat mod comes courtesy of Snowhaze. It can be a bit difficult to design your own houseboat, but the mod page has step-by-step instructions as well as pre-made houseboats you can download and use if you want to jump straight into gameplay. 

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Best for Chatter: Have Some Personality, Please!

Have Some Personality, Please changes the way Sims interact with one another.


What We Like
  • No idle chit-chat means more interesting events happening all the time.

  • Sims feel like they have more autonomy.

What We Don't Like
  • The mod changes quite a bit in the background, which can make it interfere with other mods if you aren't careful.

When Sims interact, it can sometimes feel a bit flat. They seem to have a lot of pointless chit-chat, but meaningful conversations have to be player-driven. Have Some Personality, Please! changes that. This extensive mod was created by PolarBearSims and changes the way Sims' personalities work and interact with one another. Much of the changes occur in the background, but one effect is immediately clear: there is no more idle chatter. Instead, Sims must interact with one another, a feature that can lead to interesting results. 

The way two Sims interact will be determined by their existing relationship. Two Sims that are flirtatious and potentially romantically interested might share a kiss, but you might also see a fight break out between two Sims that don't quite get along. Either way, this mod adds depth to the game in a way that few others do and makes all interactions far more interesting. 

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