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The Sims 4 best packs: all expansion packs and other DLC explained

Which Sims 4 packs are worth it?

There are nearly 50 DLC packs for The Sims 4 at the time of writing, ranging from cheap micro-packs, such as the game's latest new Industrial Loft Kit addition; to sizeable expansions like the recently released Cottage Living.

If you're inclined to be a completionist, then it's going to set you back a fair old chunk of change to collect the whole set — so you'll probably be looking for ways to keep costs down. Meanwhile, if you'd rather pick and choose just those pieces of DLC you really like the look of, it can still be overwhelming trying to decide where to start.

Below we'll go over all of the DLC packs available for The Sims 4, the types of DLC pack available, and the contents of every pack.

You can of course buy all of the DLC packs, but if you're thinking of buy them at full price, I have some horrifying stats for you:

  • Buying all 11 expansion packs: £384.89 / $439.89 / €439.89
  • Buying all 10 game packs: £179.90 / $199.90 / €199.90
  • Buying all 18 stuff packs: £179.82 / $179.82 / €179.82
  • Buying all 5 kits: £24.95 / $24.95 / €24.95
  • Total cost for all The Sims 4 DLC: £769.56 / $844.56 / €844.56

Now I should stress, DLC packs for The Sims 4 are frequently discounted on the Origin Store, so it's well worth waiting for a sale to avoid splurging the full cost and emptying your wallet. But even with regular discounts, it's still a very expensive proposition.

Therefore, we will also be giving you our recommendations for the best Sims 4 packs and which ones you might want to skip.


The Sims 4 expansion packs explained

A young girl hugs a llama in a farmyard. In the background, other characters interact with chickens and cows.

Expansion packs are the big bits of DLC for The Sims 4 which include the major new features. Currently there are 11 expansion packs available to buy.

Each expansion pack has a retail price of £34.99 / $39.99 / €39.99, but they are frequently discounted in the Origin Store. To find out what is in each expansion pack, click the expansion pack name below to be redirected to a list of its key features.

Best expansion packs

Expansion packs are the priciest pieces of DLC for The Sims 4, but they also add the most content. If you're interested in their features, it's fair to say that any of the expansion packs are worth investing in.

My personal favourites are Get Together, Seasons, City Living, Island Living, and Cats & Dogs. These packs all include new gameplay features that in my opinion are must-haves for a more immersive Sims 4 experience even if you're playing a save that isn't focused on them. (Except for Island Living, which just adds a really, really pretty world, seriously it's gorgeous.) Seasons introduces a bunch of wonderful quality-of-life additions like variable weather and scheduled holidays that will literally change the way you play no matter where you are, while the others add sizeable new worlds for you to muck around in while you test drive their new features.

As I said above, there are no bad choices for The Sims 4 expansion packs if you're interested in what they offer. I will say though that if you aren't planning to focus on their specific gameplay additions, you can probably afford to skip Get to Work, Discover University, and Get Famous.


The Sims 4 game packs explained

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Game packs are DLC that are generally lighter in new features than expansion packs, but they're still a little more substantial than stuff packs. Currently there are 10 game packs available, each featuring a range of stuff for your Sims to do, from visiting vacation destinations to solving a mystery about your local neighbourhood.

Game packs have a retail price of £17.99 / $19.99 / €19.99, but see frequent discounts in the Origin Store. To find out what is in each game pack, click the game pack name below to be redirected to a list of its key features.

Best game packs

Most of the game packs are pretty good, and which you like best will probably depend on your play style. I like storytelling, often with a supernatural twist, so my top picks are StrangerVille, Realm of Magic, and Vampires. Players who prefer generational and family-oriented gameplay swear by Parenthood, while if Build Mode is your bag then Dream Home Decorator was literally made with you in mind.

On the subject of game packs to skip, Dine Out probably isn't worth a look unless you specifically want your Sims to run a restaurant business, since the actual dining out part just ends up not being much fun. In a similar vein, the Star Wars: Journey to Batuu tie-in is a decent lite-RPG total conversion if you're a Star Wars fan, but probably won't do much for you otherwise.


The Sims 4 stuff packs explained

A group of Sims sitting in a living room knitting. One Sim is swathed in knitwear to the point of struggling to move.

Stuff packs are the smallest full DLC packs for The Sims 4. Generally you'll only get new objects and clothing options in each one, but there are exceptions that include a new career, new skills, and more. Since there are a whopping 18 stuff packs, it can be confusing which ones are worth investing in.

Stuff packs normally cost £9.99 / $9.99 / €9.99, but you'll likely find them discounted in the Origin Store. If you want to know what's in each stuff pack, click the stuff pack name below to be redirected to a list of its key features.

Best stuff packs

Since there are so many stuff packs available, it can be hard to work out which ones are the best buys. I personally prefer a little extra gameplay along with my new CAS and Build Mode items, so my top picks are Tiny Living Stuff (which adds micro-home building challenges), Paranormal Stuff (which adds the Paranormal Investigator career), the real-world brand tie-in Moschino Stuff (which adds the Fashion Photographer freelance career), and Nifty Knitting Stuff (which adds knitting as a major new skill with unique craftable items).

Beyond those four, which stuff packs you prefer will probably come down to your personal aesthetic and which areas of Build Mode you're eager to expand. A word of caution if you're thinking of buying My First Pet Stuff, though: you also need to have the Cats & Dogs expansion installed in order to use all its features. This is currently the only DLC for The Sims 4 for which there's a prerequisite beyond owning the base game, and it's something to bear in mind.


The Sims 4 kits explained

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Kits are micro-content packs introduced to The Sims 4 in 2021. With one slight exception they add a small packet of 20-ish CAS or Build Mode items, all focused around a single theme. There's only five at the moment, but more are likely in development.

Kits cost £4.99 / $4.99 / €4.99, and given their small price tag it remains to be seen if the Origin Store can offer any significant discounts during their regular sales. If you want to know what's in each kit, click the kit name below to be redirected to a list of its key features.

Best kits

I have to be honest here that I was pretty anti the introduction of kits to The Sims 4. The absence of micro-transactions from the game was, in my opinion, one of the biggest improvements over its predecessor, and kits seem like a soft reintroduction of the controversial Sims 3 Store content.

However, my slight dislike of the concept doesn't mean I think the contents are all bad. Bust the Dust Kit adds brand new gameplay items (vacuum cleaners) and two new aspirations for your Sims to pursue. Sure, they're both centred around cleaning your house, but if increasing the realism of this life sim gameplay is what you're into then I get the appeal. Meanwhile, Courtyard Oasis Kit includes some very pretty Moroccan-inspired Build Mode items, adding a welcome touch of variety in a game which is often heavily focused around North America, Europe, and Japan.


The Sims 4 bundles

A group of Sims enjoying a barbecue in a brightly-coloured back yard.

You're probably looking at all of the DLC available and wondering how you're ever going to afford all of it. The good news is that it's not worth buying every DLC pack ever released, and there are ways to reduce the cost to buy them if you so wish.

If you bought or registered the base game through Origin, probably the best deal going at the moment is to create your own DLC bundle. You have a great deal of freedom when combining these bundles, as you just need to select any expansion pack, any game pack, and any stuff pack. There are some important stipulations to point out with this: you can't give bundles as gifts to friends, and if you own all of one pack type, you can't build a bundle.

And if you don't own The Sims 4 at all yet, then you get the one-time opportunity to buy The Sims 4 base game in a bundle with three expansion packs. You'll then be able to create DLC bundles after purchasing which can then include game packs and stuff packs.

Elsewhere, EA have collected together several pieces of DLC into pre-set bundles. These aren't available to Origin players and some are console exclusives, but several are available to PC players on Steam. Exact prices vary depending on your platform — Steam tends to give you the best deals, while console players get the short end of the stick — but expect to be getting somewhere in the region of a £15 discount for three or four pieces of DLC, compared to what they would go for if you bought them individually.

There are also a few pre-made bundles of older DLC packs on Origin. They go for £44.99 / $49.99 / €49.99 and all include an expansion pack, a game pack, and a stuff pack (so you basically get the stuff pack for free). These aren't super easy to find on Origin's storefront any more now that they're pushing the Build-A-Bundle offer instead, but they are still there, and by following these links you can still check them out:


The Sims 4 packs features

Below are all of The Sims 4 DLC packs listed by type, along with a quick summary of all their key features to help you choose which you'd like to check out.

Expansion packs

Get to Work

  • Theme: Professions and retail businesses.
  • New Simology: 1 new life state, 3 new active careers, 1 new skill.
  • New world: Magnolia Promenade, Office Site (hidden), Sixam (hidden).
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 274 new Build Mode items, 202 new CAS items.

Get Together

  • Theme: Clubs and socialising.
  • New Simology: 2 new traits, 1 new aspiration, 2 new skills.
  • New world: Windenburg.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 321 new Build Mode items, 108 new CAS items.

City Living

  • Theme: Apartment living and cultural festivals.
  • New Simology: 3 new branching careers, 1 new trait, 1 new aspiration, 1 new skill.
  • New world: San Myshuno.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 269 new Build Mode items, 115 new CAS items.

Cats and Dogs

  • Theme: Family pets and veterinary practices.
  • New Simology: 2 new traits, 1 new aspiration, 2 new skills.
  • New world: Brindleton Bay.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 317 new Build Mode items, 188 new CAS items.

Seasons

  • Theme: Weather and holidays.
  • New Simology: 1 new branching career & 1 new after-school activity, 1 new skill & 1 new hidden skill.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 158 new Build Mode items, 149 new CAS items.

Get Famous

  • Theme: Fame and reputation.
  • New Simology: 1 new active career & 1 new after-school activity, 1 new trait, 2 new aspirations, 2 new skills.
  • New world: Del Sol Valley.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 259 new Build Mode items, 140 new CAS items.

Island Living

  • Theme: Beach life and nature conservation.
  • New Simology: 1 new life state; 1 new branching career, 3 new part-time jobs, & new Odd Jobs system; 2 new traits, 1 new aspiration.
  • New world: Sulani.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 164 new Build Mode items, 136 new CAS items.

Discover University

  • Theme: University living and higher education.
  • New Simology: 1 new life state; 3 new branching careers, 2 new after-school activities, & 13 university degrees; 1 new aspiration, 2 new skills.
  • New world: Britechester.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 181 new Build Mode items, 119 new CAS items.

Eco Lifestyle

  • Theme: Green living and sustainable crafting.
  • New Simology: 1 new branching career & 1 new freelance career, 4 new traits, 2 new aspirations, 2 new skills.
  • New world: Evergreen Harbor.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 170 new Build Mode items, 123 new CAS items.

Snowy Escape

  • Theme: Winter sports and vacationing.
  • New Simology: 1 new branching career, 2 new traits, 2 new aspirations, 3 new skills, new Lifestyles feature.
  • New world: Mt. Komorebi.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 178 new Build Mode items, 134 new CAS items.

Cottage Living

  • Theme: Rural living and home farming.
  • New Simology: 2 new traits, 1 new aspiration, 1 new skill.
  • New world: Henford-on-Bagley.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 160 new Build Mode items, 132 new CAS items.

Game packs

Outdoor Retreat

  • Theme: Camping vacations.
  • New Simology: 1 new trait, 1 new aspiration, 1 new skill.
  • New world: Granite Falls (vacation world).
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 80 new Build Mode items, 74 new CAS items.

Spa Day

  • Theme: Self-care and wellness.
  • New Simology: 1 new skill.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 122 new Build Mode items, 50 new CAS items.

Dine Out

  • Theme: Owning and visiting restaurants.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 125 new Build Mode items, 26 new CAS items.

Vampires

  • Theme: Becoming a vampire.
  • New Simology: 1 new life state, 3 new aspirations, 2 new skills.
  • New world: Forgotten Hollow.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 130 new Build Mode items, 72 new CAS items.

Parenthood

  • Theme: Family life.
  • New Simology: 1 new aspiration, 1 new skill.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 87 new Build Mode items, 52 new CAS items.

Jungle Adventure

  • Theme: Archaeology adventure.
  • New Simology: 2 new aspirations, 2 new skills.
  • New world: Selvadorada (vacation world).
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 168 new Build Mode items, 41 new CAS items.

StrangerVille

  • Theme: Solving a sci-fi mystery.
  • New Simology: 1 new branching career, 1 new trait, 1 new aspiration.
  • New world: StrangerVille.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 101 new Build Mode items, 40 new CAS items.

Realm of Magic

  • Theme: Becoming a spellcaster.
  • New Simology: 1 new life state, 2 new aspirations.
  • New world: Glimmerbrook, plus the Realm of Magic (hidden).
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 74 new Build Mode items, 55 new CAS items.

Star Wars: Journey to Batuu

  • Theme: Star Wars tie-in adventure.
  • New Simology: 3 new aspirations.
  • New world: Batuu (vacation world).
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 134 new Build Mode items, 115 new CAS items.

Dream Home Decorator

  • Theme: Interior design.
  • New Simology: 1 new active career.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 135 new Build Mode items, 59 new CAS items.

Stuff packs

Luxury Party Stuff

  • Theme: Fancy dinner parties.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 12 new Build Mode items, 41 new CAS items.

Perfect Patio Stuff

  • Theme: Hot tubs and outdoor furniture.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 32 new Build Mode items, 12 new CAS items.

Cool Kitchen Stuff

  • Theme: Ice-cream making and kitchen furniture.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 23 new Build Mode items, 29 new CAS items.

Spooky Stuff

  • Theme: Halloween parties and activities.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 33 new Build Mode items, 37 new CAS items.

Movie Hangout Stuff

  • Theme: Home cinema.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 34 new Build Mode items, 27 new CAS items.

Romantic Garden Stuff

  • Theme: Victorian gardens.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 32 new Build Mode items, 19 new CAS items.

Kids Room Stuff

  • Theme: Playrooms for children.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 41 new Build Mode items, 30 new CAS items.

Backyard Stuff

  • Theme: Waterslides and lawn furniture.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 39 new Build Mode items, 24 new CAS items.

Vintage Glamour Stuff

  • Theme: Hiring butlers and vintage fashion.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 41 new Build Mode items, 27 new CAS items.

Bowling Night Stuff

  • Theme: Bowling alley venues.
  • New Simology: 1 new skill.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 35 new Build Mode items, 20 new CAS items.

Fitness Stuff

  • Theme: Working out.
  • New Simology: 1 new hidden skill.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 33 new Build Mode items, 17 new CAS items.

Toddler Stuff

  • Theme: Playrooms for toddlers.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 23 new Build Mode items, 29 new CAS items.

Laundry Day Stuff

  • Theme: Laundry rooms and new laundry system.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 48 new Build Mode items, 20 new CAS items.

My First Pet Stuff

  • Theme: Small pets and pet clothing.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 35 new Build Mode items, 27 new CAS items.

Moschino Stuff

  • Theme: Moschino fashion brand tie-in.
  • New Simology: 1 new freelance career.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 38 new Build Mode items, 24 new CAS items.

Tiny Living Stuff

  • Theme: Micro-home building challenges.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 34 new Build Mode items, 32 new CAS items.

Nifty Knitting Stuff

  • Theme: Knitting unique clothes and decorative items.
  • New Simology: 1 new skill.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 23 new Build Mode items, 38 new CAS items (+ skill-based unlockables).

Paranormal Stuff

  • Theme: Haunted houses and spectral visitors.
  • New Simology: 1 new freelance/active career, 1 new skill.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 39 new Build Mode items, 32 new CAS items.

Kits

Throwback Fit Kit

  • Theme: 1980s-inspired gym fashion
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 23 new CAS items.

Country Kitchen Kit

  • Theme: Farmhouse kitchen décor
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 15 new Build Mode items.

Bust the Dust Kit

  • Theme: Vacuum cleaners and dust accumulation.
  • New Simology: 2 new aspirations.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 5 new Build Mode items.

Courtyard Oasis Kit

  • Theme: Moroccan-inspired courtyard spaces.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 22 new Build Mode items.

Industrial Loft Kit

  • Theme: Brooklyn-inspired converted loft living.
  • New Build Mode and CAS items: 26 new Build Mode items.

We hope that this guide has been helpful to you in deciding which Sims 4 DLC packs you want to expand your collection with. If you're looking for more Sims 4 info, check out our comprehensive guide to The Sims 4 cheats and codes.

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