With so many expansions and stuff packs coming out for The Sims 4, it’s hard to keep track of what each one is offering, especially if you haven’t been following them from the beginning.
Let’s break them down, and hopefully we’ll help you choose the ones you feel are the most essential for your game!
Table of Contents
- 1 The Sims 4 Expansion Packs
- 2 The Sims 4 Game Packs
- 3 The Sims 4 Stuff Packs
- 3.1 My First Pet Stuff (March 2018)
- 3.2 Laundry Day Stuff (January 2018)
- 3.3 Toddler Stuff (August 2017)
- 3.4 Fitness Stuff (June 2017)
- 3.5 Bowling Night Stuff (March 2017)
- 3.6 Vintage Glamour Stuff (December 2016)
- 3.7 Backyard Stuff (July 2016)
- 3.8 Kids Room Stuff (June 2016)
- 3.9 Romantic Garden Stuff (February 2016)
- 3.10 Movie Hangout Stuff (January 2016)
- 3.11 Spooky Stuff (September 2015)
- 3.12 Cool Kitchen Stuff (August 2015)
- 3.13 Perfect Patio Stuff (June 2015)
- 3.14 Luxury Party Stuff (May 2015)
- 4 The Sims 4 Bundles – How to Get Everything for Less
The Sims 4 Expansion Packs
When we’re talking about Sims 4 expansions, we’re talking about the real thing! These are the most content-rich DLCs Maxis releases for The Sims 4, and only one is being released per year on average.
These add a lot of new mechanics and gameplay choices in the base game, and always have a central theme – as all The Sims expansions do since the beginning!
Get Famous (November 2018)
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Main Gameplay Elements: Celebrity Fame System
Careers Added: Actor
Skills Added: Acting, Media Production
Buy from EA for 39.99€ or get it cheaper here (g2a) or here (kinguin).
Following the tradition of.. re-releasing all the original and most-loved Sims 3 expansions in better versions (can you blame them😑), Get Famous expands upon Late Night’s celebrity features, by giving our Sims what they always deserved.. actual Fame!
Through the immensely fun active Actor career, performing for other Sims or selling your art, you can increase your Fame. And why would you do that? Because there’s special perks which you can attain as your celebrity status rises, including ones that make your life / career easier (gotta love these😍) and even launching your own brand!
Seasons (June 2018)
A must have for Simddicted people and a classic one in the series, Seasons brings back what we all waited to happen, the four seasons!
Obviously, gardening is in the spotlight with Seasons, with many more features being added and overhauled (for those not owning the expansion as well). It’s now less tedious, and more natural.
Holidays are in as well, with a fully functional calendar and the ability to plan and see upcoming events.
Cats & Dogs (November 2017)
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Main Gameplay Elements: Pets
Careers Added: Veterinary
Skills Added: Veterinary, Pet Training
New Neighbourhood: Brindleton Bay
The most awaited expansion for The Sims, is always the one adding pets, proving how much we love our feline and canine friends!
The Sims 4’s edition of pets, named “Cats & Dogs“, is definitely the best iteration Maxis has done for all the games! Pet creation is excellent, all the animations & interactions look & feel more than real, and there’s a ton of more things to do with your pets than in the previous games.
I was amazed at how well thought the implementation was, and how natural cats, dogs and horses (!) react with the environment, the objects and the humans around them!
What’s more important, is that it no longer feels like a chore to be a pet owner (looking at you Sims 3), and your pets’ lives blend with your sims naturally. You still have to take care of them, but it’s now fun! And well, there’s automatic Simlutions for those who run busier lives.
City Living (October 2016)
Release Date: October 1, 2016
Main Gameplay Elements: Apartments & Festivals
Careers Added: Food / Art Critic, Political, Social Media
Skills Added: Singing
New Neighbourhood: San Myshuno
Similar to The Sims 3 Late Night (though less packed with features), City Living introduces apartments in Sims 4, and makes its small cities feel more lively.
Many cultural festivals and events will now take place in your area, opening up possibilities for many unique items, interactions and memories to collect!
Renting an apartment will be harder to maintain than the casual bills your Sims are used to, but that’s the trade-off for living in the big city of San Myshuno! The streets are packed with street painting, food and tourists, so there’s always something or someone new to discover.
Lot traits have been introduced to the game as well, and they are a great addition! Now all houses in Sims 4 (it’s a free update for owners of the base game as well) come with their own traits, whether they concern a haunted house, or the best place for friends to meet up!
Get To Work (March 2015)
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Main Gameplay Elements: Active Careers & Retail Stores
Careers Added: Doctor, Detective, Scientist
Skills Added: Photography, Baking
New Neighbourhood: Magnolia Promenade
Get To Work is the most feature-packed expansion of The Sims 4 (and not because I’m a workaholic).
Following Sims 3 Ambitions & Sims 2 Open For Business’ steps, it brings active careers to the game, as well as the option to become a store owner (selling anything available in the buy mode), where you will be responsible for the store, the staff & its success.
A great opportunity for freelancers / work-from-homers, since they can also take advantage of their crafting skills, and sell their art & creations to the SimWorld!
There’s really too much going on in the expansion, so it’s a must have (did I mention it adds Aliens too? Yes, you can (will) get pregnant).
Get Together (December 2015)
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Main Gameplay Elements: Clubs
Skills Added: Dancing, DJ
New Neighbourhood: Windenburg
Get Together is the first expansion released for The Sims 4, and it builds upon the great social features of the game, giving a wide array of possibilities and options for your Sims’ social lives!
The expansion adds Clubs, which work with many interesting features like “allowed / disallowed” traits, hangouts, perks, leadership and many more ways to make an impact with your unique team of.. you choose what!
It goes to show how much Maxis has invested in bringing The Sims even closer to our real lives, while relating with many different cultural, age & racial groups, so that literally no one is left out.
The Sims 4 Game Packs
Game Packs are a new type of DLC that started with The Sims 4, and they sit between expansions and stuff packs.
Each one focuses on a certain niche, and enriches it with many interactions, items and features. They aren’t as essential as expansions from a gameplay aspect, and I personally think it’s a great move from the developers to “split” the DLCs into these three types.
StrangerVille (February 2019)
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Main Gameplay Elements: Mystery Solving & Exploration
New Neighbourhood: StrangerVille
Arriving a whole year after the release of the previous Game Pack, StrangerVille is.. strange indeed! It breaks apart from what we’ve come to expect out of Game Packs, though I’m not really sure it’s for “good” or “bad”.
There’s no new skills introduced here, but there’s a new work from home career – the Military career, as well as a great storyline to follow in the town, and help its strange citizens come out of whatever conspiracy is happening around them.
There’s a lot for the conspiracy-fans here in general, since you’ll find government agents, scientists or military executives contributing to the Strangeness!
Jungle Adventure (February 2018)
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Main Gameplay Elements: Relics & Adventures
Skills Added: Archaeology
New Neighbourhood: Selvadorada
Getting inspiration from The Sime 3 World Adventures (though not as much as they could?), Jungle Adventure will test your Sims’ wits, and fill their home with treasures.
Advance your archaeology skill, get knee-deep in lost temples and overcome all the obstacles and mini games your Sims will face, while collecting ancient artifacts for your displaying pleasure!
I would leave this one for the final pieces of your collection, as I don’t think it blends great with all the rest expansion & game packs.
Parenthood (May 2017)
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Main Gameplay Elements: Raising Children
Skills Added: Parenting
Parenthood adds a lot, but unfortunately it feels like 100% of the features should have been in the main game.
It’s a must-have for roleplayers, and those that love to spend time advancing their Sim families, since there are great concepts in the impact you can have raising your children, teaching them what’s right, showing them the right direction, and using a handful of methods to do (and remember) so.
I don’t have much to add here, this Game pack has left a sour taste on my mouth. If you’re playing with a family, it’s a must-have.
Vampires (January 2017)
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Main Gameplay Elements: Vampirism?
Skills Added: Vampire Lore
New Neighbourhood: Forgotten Hollow
Well.. It’s Vampires! No matter how many features or items are in there, this is hate it or love it!
For those of us who love it, the reward is great since vamps in The Sims 4 have been reborn to their best version yet.
How does becoming a Vampire Grand Master by raising your ranks and powers sound? How about turning into a bat or mind controlling others around you? While staying in the goth-town of Forgotten Hollow?
No more spoilers, just get the Game Pack!
Dine Out (June 2016)
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Main Gameplay Elements: Owning a Restaurant!
Building upon Get to Work’s features and business management, Dine Out focuses on restaurants, and does a great job at that!
The game goes into great detail on how you are managing your restaurant, the staff (host, waiter & chef), the decoration, the menu, the prices and even how involved you are in the whole process. It really doesn’t get better!
Foodies are going to love this one, and of course they can take advantage of the new restaurants and foods the game has to offer, by dining out with their Simfriends!
Spa Day (July 2015)
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Main Gameplay Elements: Meditation & Time-Off
Skills Added: Welness
This is one these Sims expansions where you’re left to wonder “Uhm, is this worth it?” the day it comes out. After all, how would a Spa Day significantly contribute to your Sims experience?
Well, I’m a happy customer with this one, since the way it blends with the rest of the game, simply makes it a must-have. No, I’m not just talking about how many great luxuries you can afford (even at home) like a sauna and a massage table, but also how much helpful all the new moodlets around you are.
From taking a special bath, to using incenses and meditating, there’s so many ways you can “set” the right moodlet for your sim, and help them focus, relax or feel flirty, depending on your social and career needs.
I also want to mention that the number of items added in Spa Day is enormous, so this is a must-have!
Outdoor Retreat (January 2015)
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Main Gameplay Elements: Outdoor Activities & Vacations
Skills Added: Herbalism
Collectibles Added: 5 Fish, 10 Herbs & 21 Insects
New Neighbourhood: Granite Falls
Outdoor Retreat is a perfect example of how Game Packs have evolved the concept of Sims 3’s “strict” stuff packs. High End Loft Stuff is the Sims 3 counterpart here, but Outdoor Retreat has so much more to offer.
There’s not any groundbreaking additions mind you, but I’m certain that any pure The Sims fan will appreciate how many more things their Sims can do now!
The Sims 4 took a lot from 3’s open world, leaving all of us disappointed on that aspect. Outdoor Retreat fixes a part of the problem, by adding much more engagement to the outdoors and all the neighborhoods.
The Sims 4 Stuff Packs
Stuff packs are the smallest Sims 4 expansions, and as their name indicates, they simply add more stuff to the game!
There’s 14 stuff packs released up to date, and each one costs 9.99€ / 9.99$. All stuff packs, add at least one item with a new interaction your sims can take.
My First Pet Stuff (March 2018)
Release Date: March 13, 2018
New Item: Small Pets
Create-A-Sim Items: 27
Build Mode Items: 35
My First Pet Stuff is a stuff pack clearly aimed to those who own the Cats & Dogs expansion, since almost everything it adds is extra clothing and items for your pets, as well as small doors they can use to move around.
The main addition of the stuff pack is the ability to get Rodents at home (hamsters, rats, hedgehogs & a special surprise!). Your Sims will be able to maintain a full fledged relationship with their rodents while taking care of them.
Laundry Day Stuff (January 2018)
Release Date: January 16, 2018
New Item: Washer & Dryer
Create-A-Sim Items: 20
Build Mode Items: 48
There was a great debate when The Sims 4 came out, about washers & dryers not being a part of the main game, and I was a part of it too! Laundry Day Stuff was the paid solution.
So this is the stuff pack that will let you keep your Sims and their clothes fresh, with a lot of decorations and side-items that will let you create a proper laundry room, or make a luxurious addition to your bathroom.
Toddler Stuff (August 2017)
Release Date: August 24, 2017
Create-A-Sim Items: 29
Build Mode Items: 23
Toddler Stuff is dedicated to all of the Sim parents, and offers many cute outfits for your little ones.
There is also a great variety of outdoor toys for toddlers, so that they can feel less lonely, and.. get tired faster during the day! For parents only.
Fitness Stuff (June 2017)
Release Date: June 20, 2017
New Item: Climbing Wall
Create-A-Sim Items: 12
Build Mode Items: 29
For those looking to augment their Sims’ athletics, Fitness Stuff is essential! It will provide you with more options in gym equipment and decorations, as well as the right outfits for your new lifestyle.
The climbing wall gets introduced to the game, opening up more possibilities and interactions for your Sim’s well being.
Bowling Night Stuff (March 2017)
Release Date: March 29, 2017
New Item: Bowling Alley
Create-A-Sim Items: 20
Build Mode Items: 35
Am I the only one that wanted pool tables along with bowling alleys? Even if I’m not, the stuff pack doesn’t fail to deliver what the previous ones have – moar of everything? Bowling Night Stuff people🤪!
Your Sims will be able to bowl with their friends, and there’s even more reason to take advantage of that 3rd level basement that you thought was best kept for vampiric rituals. No. It’s better to make a bowling room there (or might be better in the roof?)
Vintage Glamour Stuff (December 2016)
Release Date: December 6, 2016
New Item: Vanity Table & Butler
Create-A-Sim Items: 27
Build Mode Items: 41
I know you waited for the butler too. Now your Sims can truly live their lives to the fullest, and leave the tedious tasks to their personal butler.
The appropriate decorations, furniture & clothing items of a noble life are waiting for you in Vintage Glamour Stuff, and there’s also a vanity table that will let you experiment with makeup.
Backyard Stuff (July 2016)
Release Date: July 19, 2016
New Item: Lawn Water Slide
Create-A-Sim Items: 25
Build Mode Items: 39
One more stuff pack for the outdoor lovers, Backyard Stuff provides many different items to enhance your outside activities.
The new lawn water slide comes in two fun versions for all ages, there’s a bird feeder you can interact with, as well as an umbrella table and a summer drink tray that holds 12 drinks, and will make having guests over that much easier.
Kids Room Stuff (June 2016)
Release Date: June 28, 2016
New Item: Monster Battle Station
Create-A-Sim Items: 30
Build Mode Items: 41
A great addition for those that love to spend time with their little ones! Apart from the many different outfits and clothes you can use in Kids Room Stuff, there’s some great additions as well.
Your children will be able to collect monster cards, and then play with them in an electronic battle station. What’s more, you can also put on a puppet show, and show your silly side to your Sim-friends?
Romantic Garden Stuff (February 2016)
Release Date: February 9, 2016
New Item: Wishing Well
Create-A-Sim Items: 19
Build Mode Items: 32
Romantic Garden Stuff is definitely a stuff pack for the romantics. You will find a great collection of flower decorations and assortments, as well as many outfits that fit the mood.
The Wishing Well is added too, which will let you make offerings or wishes for powerful moodlets, or many other things your Sims would wish for, and who knows, they might come true!
Movie Hangout Stuff (January 2016)
Release Date: January 12, 2016
New Item: Projector Screen & Popcorn Popper
Create-A-Sim Items: 27
Build Mode Items: 34
It’s Netflix night on The Sims, so call some friends over, or cuddle with your other half in front of the new Projectotron Movie Screens. There’s a choice for indoors, and one for outdoors, so that your Sims can enjoy their movies the way they want in Movie Hangout Stuff.
You will also find a Popcorn Popper, because who watches flicks without popcorn? ? There’s also the casual furniture and clothing additions to put you in the mood (even though the furniture looks like a tropical child’s room?).
Spooky Stuff (September 2015)
Release Date: September 29, 2015
New Item: Pumpkin Carving Station & Spooky Candy Bowl
Create-A-Sim Items: 37
Build Mode Items: 33
The most halloween-themed Sims expansion to come out, Spooky Stuff will spice things up for your Sims’ gatherings and festivals.
You can carve your own pumpkins in the new station, throw a spooky party, interact with the candy bowl, and take advantage of many different clothes, makeup & decorations that will enhance your game’s gothness.
Cool Kitchen Stuff (August 2015)
Release Date: August 11, 2015
New Item: Ice Cream Maker
Create-A-Sim Items: 29
Build Mode Items: 23
Cool Kitchen Stuff will not just make your kitchen look and function better, there’s also a great collection of hairstyles and clothing to go with it.
The ice-cream maker will enhance your options to lower hunger, and there’s several kitchen decorations to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. I know it’s the first room my Sims’ hard-earned money is spent?!
Perfect Patio Stuff (June 2015)
Release Date: June 16, 2015
New Item: Hot Tub
Create-A-Sim Items: 12
Build Mode Items: 32
An essential stuff pack for those who love the outside, Perfect Patio Stuff will give outdoor decorations as much value as indoors.
Hot tubs & aromatherapy will help your Sims feel more relaxed, and there’s a great assortment of minimal outdoors furniture so that you can create the Perfect Patio!
Luxury Party Stuff (May 2015)
Release Date: May 19, 2015
New Item: Buffet Table
Create-A-Sim Items: 41
Build Mode Items: 12
The first stuff pack ever released for The Sims 4, Luxury Party Stuff, has everything you need in order to throw the best parties in town!
With a great variety of hairstyles, makeup, jewelry and luxurious outfits, as well as essential equipment to make your party-throwing easier and more rewarding, there’s not more we can ask for on this one.
The Sims 4 Bundles – How to Get Everything for Less
With so many expansions released for The Sims 4, it’s going to cost you a small fortune in order to get everything.
To be exact, it will cost you a whooping 459.75€ / 459.75$ (not counting the base game).
However, not all hope is lost, as there are many bundles that have been released, which include 1 game pack and 2 stuff packs.
What’s better, is that you can get these for less on G2A, essentially cutting the costs at almost 1/3 of the original price:
- The Sims 4 Bundle Pack 1 – Spa Day / Perfect Patio Stuff / Luxury Party Stuff
- The Sims 4 Bundle Pack 2 – Outdoor Retreat / Cool Kitchen Stuff / Spooky Stuff
- The Sims 4 Bundle Pack 3 – Dine Out / Romantic Garden Stuff / Movie Hangout Stuff
- The Sims 4 Bundle Pack 4 – Vampires / Kids Room Stuff / Backyard Stuff
- The Sims 4 Bundle Pack 5 – Parenthood / Vintage Glamour Stuff / Bowling Night Stuff
- The Sims 4 Bundle Pack 6 – Jungle Adventure / Fitness Stuff / Toddler Stuff
You can also find the expansion packs for less:
- The Sims 4 Get Together
- The Sims 4 Get To Work
- The Sims 4 City Living
- The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs
- The Sims 4 Seasons
Last but not least, if you do not own the base game, then the best deal you can get is The Sims 4 Plus Cats & Dogs Bundle.