For anyone looking to deep dive into the world of The Sims 4, the amount of Expansions, Game Packs and Stuff Packs can be a little bit overwhelming. Unlike its previous installments, The Sims 4 is divided into smaller bits and pieces which allows players to effectively pick and choose what kind of features they'd like to play around with.

The choice is highly subjective and we encourage experimenting, but if you're looking for serious advice on the best additions (and the worst), then keep reading and chances are you'll be spending your coin wisely in Origins Store. Let's see what the five best and five worst packs for The Sims 4 are.

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Updated on July 11th, 2020 by Anastasia Maillot: In one year, EA has released a number of new additions to the franchise. While some have been incredibly well-received and popular, others have truly put a new low into The Sims franchise.

With the new Eco Lifestyle expansion out, players looking to build a bundle on Origins Store might be interested to know what some of the best packs (including some of the new ones) are and which ones are better to avoid. While some content might be great for players with specific interests, these are rankings based on how versatile a pack might be.

16 Worst: Get Famous

Seemingly good on the outside, Get Famous was a bit of a disappointment in one major regard. Sure, we get to play out our dreams or becoming a successful actor or influencer, and the jobs are highly interactive. However, the neighborhood of Del Sol Valley was a huge let down in both size and scope.

Most likely the development team felt that the focus needed to be on other things, namely the gameplay itself, rather than the size of the new city we got. Still, it would have been nice to have a few extra lots to build on or a few other new families to get to know in the new pack.


15 Best: Strangerville

Any big fan of The Sims 2 needs to get this pack that tips the hat to the original Strangetown. The strange and quirky feel of this game pack, and all the fun objects and build additions that come with it make it one of the most worthwhile packs.

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Not to mention, if you've ever wondered what it would be like to have a sort of story mode in The Sims 4, then giving Strangerville a try is perfect for you. Included in the pack is the small neighborhood of Strangerville along with its families and mystery, again very decently sized for the fact that this is just a game pack.

14 Worst: Spa Day

What's wrong with Spa Day, you ask? For one, it was published as a Game Pack, which seems a bit of an overstatement for the scope of this pack. New objects, a new skill and new activities are included, as well as spa lots that can be placed in your already existing neighborhoods.

However, it does feel like this should have been a Stuff Pack if anything. When we have Game Packs like Vampires and Strangerville that add so much more to the game, like new families and neighborhoods, Spa Day feels like it falls a bit short with what it tries to achieve.

13 Best: Parenthood

Speaking of excellent gameplay mechanics, there's one pack that revolutionizes the way children grow up in The Sims 4. In Parenthood, the actions of a parent influence how your Sim children will turn up in the future. You can teach them good manners, kindness and responsibility (or simply let them do what they want).

Parenthood is also full of objects for kids, which were lacking from previous packs and the game in general. So if you're a family builder or enjoy playing legacy challenges, this is definitely the ideal choice for you and will boost your gameplay experience significantly.

12 Worst: Jungle Adventure

Yes, this pack may have been highly anticipated, but the reason it tops the list as the worst of all is due to the severe lack of gameplay variety. After giving us The Sims 3 World Adventures, a massively immersive expansion stock full of secret areas and locations to discover, Jungle Adventure feels like a slap in the face with its dialog box interactions and rabbit holes.

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Sure, you get the new holiday location Selvadorada, but there isn't that much to do after your first run through. It's a big "pass" from us.

11 Best: Island Living

Released during summer of 2019, Island Living was no doubt inspired by Island Paradise, a surprisingly popular The Sims 3 expansion pack. The only difference is that Island Living is actually playable on most computers and came with a moderate amount of content.

Along with new careers and odd jobs, the game also introduced mermaids and a brand new gorgeous world known as Sulani. Houses could now be built on stilts, allowing for the creation of some incredibly tropical builds. Overall, it's a solid expansion with hours of fun guaranteed.

10 Worst: Luxury Party Stuff

There's always a first for everything, and that was probably the issue with Luxury Party Stuff, the first ever stuff pack to be released for The Sims 4. It definitely left people cold as soon as it came out, due to the lack of actual, good content.

The formal theme of the pack is very niche, and the objects and CAS items themselves don't look as good as one would imagine. Players are better off downloading custom content for free than investing ten bucks into something as bad as this.

9 Best: Tiny Living Stuff

When Tiny Living came out it was evident for most fans that the developers of the game had definitely come a long way and truly learned from the feedback concerning stuff packs. This one really changed the way the game felt and way played, and was something new and interesting.

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The style of the stuff pack was a popular one, and with the added challenge of building tiny homes, it was a small yet cool addition to the game that just felt right. Plus, who could forget about the epic return of the murphy bed?

8 Worst: Moschino Stuff

There's only been a handful of great brand collaboration packs in the history of the franchise, and Moschino Stuff is definitely not one of them. The pack has a very specific, high fashion look and while it does introduce the photographer career and some new items, it just feels so unnecessary.

All of the contents of this pack should have been released in an expansion or game pack, rather than sold for ten bucks. It's difficult to see why this stuff pack would ever be considered a must-have for the game, given how little it actually provides.

7 Best: Cats & Dogs

Whether or not you're a big fan of pets, this expansion is a must pick. The addition of animals adds an important extra layer of realism and fun gameplay into The Sims 4, not to mention the freedom to design your cats and dogs just as you see fit.

The expansion also comes with a new neighborhood called Brindleton Bay, which is decently sized and provides you with a bunch of new pre-made households to get to know. Your Sims can now set up a vet clinic, which is an interactive job just like the doctor, scientist and police career.

6 Worst: Cool Kitchen Stuff

Sims in a kitchen chatting.

Unless you're an ice cream enthusiast, there's little point in investing in this Stuff Pack. With a few new additions to clothing and a bunch of objects for your Sims' kitchen, it almost feels like we're getting the leftovers of things that couldn't be fit into any of the other packs and expansions.

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Why not include the ice cream maker into the Dine Out game pack? With stuff packs like these, the question always begs to be asked: does this really need to be a pack of its own? This is without a doubt the least inspiring additions to the series.

5 Best: Discover University

One of the most highly anticipated expansions for The Sims 4 was always without a doubt Discover University. Even in the past, university themed packs had always been incredibly popular among players and EA didn't disappoint its fans this time either. The expansion has some of the best CAS and build and buy mode items in the history of The Sims 4.

Moreover, the gameplay feels great. Dorms and university activities are engaging and fun, and it feels like a real effort to reduce rabbit holes (aside from classes and some games), was made.

4 Worst: Eco Lifestyle

Although three years ago the community rated the concept of an Eco Lifestyle expansion extremely high, it doesn't mean that it's what the game needs three years later. Opinions and needs change, and considering how little EA has done in the name of more immersion and diverse gameplay, this definitely wasn't the expansion fans asked for.

Another issue with this expansion is how it could have easily been combined with other packs like Laundry Day and Tiny Living. It all feels very recycled, which is ironic given that the theme of the pack is just that: recycling and environmental protection.

3 Best: City Living

Considered one of the most important additions to the game, City Living was a huge success when it came out. Your Sims now have the ability to rent and live in apartments in the vibrant, culturally diverse city of San Myshuno.

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This pack is for any urban lover and comes with so much good, basic content for the game that it's almost a shame it wasn't already in the base game itself. From festivals to rooftop nightclubs to dealing with noisy neighborhoods and annoying landlords, City Living is absolutely necessary if realism and rich gameplay is what you're after.

2 Worst: My First Pet Stuff

Nothing made the community's blood simmer as much as My First Pet Stuff, a stuff pack that was released briefly after Cats & Dogs, which added accessories and more objects for cats and dogs, but also hamsters.

It feels again as though all of this was intended to be included in a big expansion, but for some reason was divided into a separate Stuff Pack that really isn't worth the investment just for the hamsters that don't add that much new gameplay. A big faux pas from Electronic Arts, it remains the most unpopular pack among Simmers to date.

1 Best: Seasons

The best of the best is still without a single doubt Seasons. This expansion was highly anticipated and hyped by both the creators and the community itself, and it was a breath of much needed fresh air and ambition into a franchise that was in a big rut at the time.

Seasons is incredibly well executed, the weather conditions and seasonal events that can be fully customized so real and immersive that playing without this pack almost feels a little strange. Want to spend Christmas during summer? You can! Creative freedom is endless here.

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