Sims 4: All Expansion Packs Ranked

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Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Main Art. The image shows 4 Sims dressed in seasonal gear. From left to right, summer, Fall, Winter and Spring.

The Sims 4 is a simulation game that allows you to create your own character and thrust them into a world filled with a variety of scenarios. You can control their lives and make them as dramatic or relaxed as you want. There are multiple expansion packs that you can buy to add to your in-game experience but making a decision can be tricky. This is why we've ranked all of the expansions that are currently available.

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All Expansion Packs Ranked

You will need to buy and install The Sims 4 base game before you can install any expansions. If you buy the expansions as part of a game bundle, you still need to install the base game first. Now, we've ranked all the current expansions based on general community opinion and how much we think they bring to a game. However, the best expansion will always be the one that brings you the most joy and the one that improves your own in-game experience.

11. Get to Work

Get To Work gives you new career paths that you can play in detail. You can choose to run your own retail business, become a super sleuth detective, a heroic doctor or a scientist. If you choose a career in retail, you need to build your shop, choose your stock and price it. Then, you need to hire staff and manage opening hours while being there to interact with customers. You can create any store of your choice, even an art gallery filled with your own designs. In the detective career, you hunt down criminals and solve mysteries to keep others safe. Unfortunately, as fun as it is to play through these careers, it leaves you little time to do anything else.

Sims 4 Get To Work Detective Interrogating a Suspect
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10. Get Famous

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Fame, Fortune, Adoration - they are all things your Sim can aspire to with the Get Famous expansion. Your Sim can become so famous that other Sims will become their fans and experience the "starstuck" moodlet if they are near your Sim. Anything is possible in the world of Del Sol Valley, if a Sim can make it to stardom here they can make it anywhere. You can make your Sim an Actor or an Influencer but this will be hard work (if you don't cheat). Having a new world, two new career options, a bunch of items and new interaction options is good. However, compared to other expansions, it's missing the replayability that some of the others possess.

Sims 4 Get Famous. A Superstar posing for Paparazzi.
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9. Eco Lifestyle

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Time to save the planet! Your Sim can become a brilliant friend to the environment in the Eco Lifestyle pack. You can now recycle goods (no more trash cans for you!) and upcycle old items to give them new life. Sims can use solar panels and other Eco-Friendly methods to give their homes Power. Community is a big part of this pack as you can all gather together to vote on "community action plans". They are the goals and tasks that the entire community will work towards in the following week. However, the decisions that you make can and will affect the world that you live in. If you become too laid back, your home will slowly become filled with pollution and rubbish. This pack demands that you stay engaged with its activities. It's good if you want to stick to one way of playing, however, it does become slightly difficult to divert your attention away to other things.

Sims 4 Eco Living. Neighbours discussing community plans.
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8. Discover University

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The Discover University expansion brings another new world to Sims 4 and it's an entire University Town. Within the world of Britechester, you can enroll your Sim in the Foxbury Institute or the University of Britechester. They can start to study anything that interests them by attending lectures and joining study groups with other Sims. However, once they work hard they can play hard. They can throw wild parties with other students in their dorms or join clubs to pass the time. The only downside to this particular pack is that the gameplay options can feel restrictive and repetitive after a while.

Sims 4 Discover University. A student studying robotics and building their own robot.
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7. Cottage Living

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Life in the Sims can be chaotic and busy. The Cottage Living expansion whisks your Sim away from the hustle and bustle of city life by putting them into Henford-on-Bagley. The world is heavily inspired by the English Countryside. The themed items in Build/Buy mode enhance its rural atmosphere. If you really want to embrace the simple life, you can get your own animals such as Chickens and Cows to sustain your family. Also, you can choose to grow your own fruit and vegetables or go to the local market. The small and calm life is the main focus of this expansion.

Sims 4 Cottage Living. A default cottage home.
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6. Snowy Escapes

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If you love cold weather and the activities that come with it, head to Mt. Komorebi in this expansion! It seems that this pack has taken a lot of inspiration from popular lifestyles, activities, and fashion trends from Japan. You can spend your days mastering the slopes with activities such as Snowboarding and then warm yourself up in the Hot Springs. This pack provides a lot of item-based content such as furniture and clothing. Snowy escapes is a great way of exploring life in the Snow while staying warm in your own home.

Sims 4 Snowy Escapes. A sim snowboarding expertly and a frightened sim skiing in the background.
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5. Island Living

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This expansion gives you the tropical island paradise of Sulani, a place for Sims to relax and have a good time. On this island, you can spend your days in the sun and go to barbeque events with your friends. If the sweet water is calling you, you may be in with the chance of meeting a Mermaid! That's right, taking a quick dip could result in your Sim coming face to face with the magical creature. If you want to work for your reward of life in paradise, you can become a conservationist and take care of Sulani's pristine beaches. This expansion also gives you a handful of clothing and items so you can decorate your home to be a tropical escape wherever you are.

Sims 4 Island Living. A Sim playing with a Dolphin in the Ocean.
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4. Cats & Dogs

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Cats & Dogs lets you have furry friends in Sims 4. The expansion pack only gives you Cats and Dogs to have as pets, but there are tons of breeds that you can choose from. You can even have a pet Raccoon if you choose to make a Cat in Create-a-Sim. Also, you get a new Sim world with this pack called Brindleton Bay. It's a coastal world where your Sim can befriend strays and eventually adopt them. You can also choose to participate in the Vet career and build your own practice. Alongside the extra items and clothing options, the new world and Pets make this a brilliant expansion pack for animal enthusiasts.

Sims 4 Cats and Dogs. A sim petting a red panda (it's actually a Cat)
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Cats can be designed to look like a few different animals.

3. Get Together

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The Get Together pack brings a picturesque new world to the game with unique areas to explore. Windenburg is a place that has ancient ruins for you to explore alone or with friends and a hedge maze to get lost in. The emphasis of this pack is to be social and get your Sims to have a vibrant social life. With it, you get two new skills you can join or make your own clubs to rule with an iron fist. Also, interactions and relationships between Sims have been given extra options as part of this expansion.

Sims 4 Get Together. A group of Sims clubbing to a live DJ.
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2. City Living

Bored of suburban life in a large home with good views? The City Living pack gives you apartments, districts, and a big city to explore. San Myshuno has 4 districts with distinct features. There is:

  • The Uptown District (for penthouse apartments and wealthy Sims)
  • Arts Quarter (For creative and artistic Sims to flourish in)
  • Fashion District (Work on your look in this beautiful neighbourhood)
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  • Spice Market (Cooking rules here and the Spice Festival is open to those who can handle the heat)

Let's not forget Myshuno Meadows, a large and beautiful park next to the Uptown District. You can exercise, take in the fresh air and generally enjoy the green space all while remaining in the City. With the plethora of extra gameplay options and objects that came with this pack, it's one of the best.

Sims 4 City Living. Two Sims doing Karaoke with three sims watching them.
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1. Seasons

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Seasons does as the name suggests, it brings the four seasons to Sims 4! Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter all rotate in the game in the same order as the real world. However, they are much faster and seasons typically last for one Sim week but you can make them last up to four. Alongside the changing environment, you also get to experience holiday events in each Season and special activities you can do surrounding them. Although it doesn't bring a new world to the Sims, it creates an ever-changing one in the one they choose to inhabit.

Sims 4 Seasons. A group of Sims laughing in the middle of snow in winter.
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The Sims 4 has multiple expansion packs and the best one will always be the one that you get the most enjoyment out of. If you're playing through the game now and want to bend the rules slightly, take a look at our cheats for PC and Consoles. Also, we have a guide that shows you how to change traits with and without cheating.