(Last updated 19/3/2020, for Sims 4 patch 22.214.171.1240)
Here’s the few mods I really would really rather not play The Sims 4 without. These are mostly default replacement textures, small fixes and mods that tune the game closer to my preference. This list does not make up the entirety of my current mod folder, but it mainly consists of things that I think are vital to an enjoyable game experience.
Things that have been taken down by their creators, but that I still retain the files for, will not be included on this list.
MC Command Center: Think of this as more like an extended options panel instead of a single mod. It adds new menus to the PC and individual sims allowing you greater control over your game. I personally use it to adjust life stage lengths to my liking, slow relationship decay and add a small chance of pregnancy to the ‘safe’ woohoo interaction. It also adds a degree of Sims 3-style story progression to your worlds.
Uncomfortable Overhaul: Makes the ‘Uncomfortable’ mood function more like the ‘Happy’ one. Points in ‘Uncomfortable’ now boost other negative emotions, making them far more likely to become to the primary emotion than was the case in vanilla.
Simulation Lag Fix: Causes the random hangups and time rollbacks that sometimes happen in The Sims 4 to… not do that anymore.
Quick Go For Walk with Dog: In my opinion, this makes owning dogs actually viable. Dog walking seems to be balanced around the Brindleton jogging routes, and no other worlds were considered. The result is that ‘short’ walks can last over 4 sim hours. This mod adds a 4th option.
Small Laundry Overhaul: This a nice little suite of mods that contains things that make playing households with multiple laundry hampers more bearable. Also makes using washtubs less… wet.
Longer Sit in High Chair: Fixes the issue of toddlers demanding to be let out of high chairs as soon as they’re placed in there.
More Costumes for Holiday Tradition: Adds the costumes from the Spooky Stuff pack to the costume menu for Seasons.
Genetic Moles and Freckles: Overrides the base game moles and freckles to make them inheritable.
Pyxis’ Summer Skeletons Skin: My preferred skin DR. I use the ‘shiny’ version.
Qahne’s Alien Replacement Skin: Replaces the rainbow skintones for aliens in The Sims 4 to more similar to The Sims 2’s minty green. Why? Nostalgia. Due to the way skin works in The Sims 4, this can be used in conjunction the above skin replacement.
Noodles’ Clarity Eyes Defaults: The DR I have that covers a majority of human eye textures.
Noodles’ Clarity Mermaid Eyes: The DR I use for the mermaid eyes that came with Island Living. Much less creepy than vanilla.
Pyxis’ Aloha Eyes for Pets/GTW/Vampires: What’s with default eye creators and not making replacements for the unique Evil Twin swatch that came with GTW? Anyway, The above Clarity sets don’t cover Aliens, animals, evil twins or vampires, so I mix and match with this set. They don’t have the exact same look but they’re both high quality sets.