Ranking Every Single Sims 4 Expansion Pack By Their Potential For Chaos
I have been in lockdown for about 5,000 years (time is a flat circle). In these strange times I've leaned into my Sims addiction for support, and I regret nothing!
The world is chaotic, and we can’t control what’s happening or what will happen, but The Sims and all it’s glorious (8, soon to be 9) expansions are here to help you make sense of your own complicated feelings. Watch the simulated world burn (figuratively and literally!).
So without further ‘wabadebadoo’ here are all the expansions; ranked by their chaotic potential… and as extra kindling, I’ve included which game pack is best suited to getting the most out of your tyrannical gameplay.
8. Island Living
The tagline for this expansion is literally "embrace the laid-back lifestyle", so for someone who’d rather ‘seize the mayhem’, this doesn’t really suit. You can swim in the ocean, have island cookouts and befriend dolphins - which is all annoyingly charming. But the island life has some hostility to offer, in the form of volcanoes, temperamental island spirits and evil mermaids.
Yes, your Sim can become a Merperson and although Mermaids are the lamest of the life states IMO (that’s a different article), this doesn’t mean there isn’t trouble to be had. Use your slippery Mermaid wiles to lure unsuspecting Sims into the ocean and then sink to the bottom.
But when you’ve drowned one Sim, you’ve drowned them all. It’s pretty much ‘deleting the ladder’ with extra steps. Next.
Up the chaos by adding: Strangerville. Because who says you need to destroy what’s in the secret laboratory? Maybe the entire island gets infected with the strange plants you’ve introduced to the fragile ecosystem, from your inventory.
7. Cats & Dogs
Many were delighted by the return of pets in the Sims 4, and having four-legged friends in the household adds nice colour to your Sim’s overall story. But compared to previous pet expansions, this is a little weak. Sims 3: Pets included horses, and this doesn’t. Just imagine the damage you could do; galloping around the neighbourhood, charging through people’s houses, riding naked like a madman. But sadly, this is turning into fanfiction, because horses are not part of this expansion.
However, raccoons and foxes are options, so if you wanna create a household with 7 racoons and get all Grey Gardens up in here, then that is your prerogative.
Aggressive pets will occasionally attack other sims, but this isn’t something you can command. How much better would this expansion be with a ‘release the hounds’ option?!
Up the chaos by adding: Realm of Magic. Because you can choose for your existing cats and dogs to become your magical familiars. Suddenly your pup can sparkle and fetch magical items. Turn neighbours into cactuses and frog people. Then set them on fire.
6. City Living
The new lot traits that come with City Living include; ‘filthy’, ‘cursed’ and ‘gremlins’. So your Sims can live in haunted squalor with nightly visits from, you guessed it, gremlins. But aside from breaking your possessions after sunset, they don’t provide the havoc normally associated with their kind. City Living almost hit a new level of God-Complex by introducing the politician career. Almost. But sadly this career is just another rabbit hole in the game, and at no point can you pass ‘mandatory nudity’ laws. One thing I will say for City Living, is that it includes the addition of fireworks and sparklers, which start fires if used inappropriately.
Up the chaos by adding: Dine Out. Because nothing adds to a seedy city underbelly like dodgy takeout. Start your own establishment and serve your customers poisonous pufferfish, which as the name suggests, is often fatal. Thank god the dead can’t give Yelp reviews.
5. Discover University
Like the IRL experience of attending university, the best parts are between the lectures. If anything, Discover University is too realistic in the relentless gameplay around studying, paying back your student loan and even (trigger warning) completing group assignments. All this structure does not make for much mischief - but don’t fear - there is plenty of fun to be had in the extracurricular activities. By extracurricular activities I am talking about building your own robot (‘Servo’) and woohooing it, because of course you can. Word of warning, woohooing your sex robot in the shower will cause it to short circuit, and hiring someone to come fix it probs isn’t great for your campus reputation.
Up the chaos by adding: Jungle Adventure. Because your sex robot deserves to escape the hustle and bustle of uni life and explore ancient temples - ‘I was programmed for adventure!’
This is probably the most beloved expansion in the series, but is it the most chaotic? Short answer; no. Long answer; you can control bees. With each season being introduced to gameplay there is a focus on gardening and gardening-related activities, such as beekeeping. Once you’ve well and truly bonded with your bees, you can summon the swarm and send them to attack other Sims.
Holidays are part of your Sim’s calendar including such Aldi-brand versions of Christmas (now Winterfest), Valentine’s Day (now called Love Day) and Thanksgiving (Harvestfest). In line with the original holiday, on Winterfest you can expect a Santa-like figure to arrive who you can fight for presents. Or Woohoo and get yourself a holiday baby with dark wintery powers.
If banging Saint Nick isn’t your deal, you can create your own holiday, with customisable traditions; air grievances, streak, fight or appreciate an object. So in theory you can make a day where Sims everywhere worship toilets and fight each other while naked.
Up the chaos by adding: Outdoor Retreat. What better way to spend the snowy winter days than heading into the deep woods and adding some Blair Witch vibes to your Sims lives. And there are bears, so re-create Midsommar at your own pace.
3. Get To Work
This expansion allows you to be hands on with your Sims careers like never before. Become a doctor, detective or scientist; with all three in-depth professions to explore, the possibilities for trouble are endless. Aliens are included in the expansion and both male and female Sims can get knocked up with their extraterrestrial spawn.
The detective career means you can find all the items you need to furnish your very own, at home, prison cell. Trapping fellow Sims has never been so convenient!
But if you're more of an entrepreneur, you have the option to build a shop and sell anything you want. Nude photos of yourself at ridiculously high prices? You’re worth it.
Up the chaos by adding: Vampires. Because what if a doctor Sim was also a vampire? Well... they can’t go thirsty with all those patients around...
2. Get Together
Don’t let the ambiguous name hold you back, there is a lot more to this expansion than meets the eye. Get Together introduces clubs to the game, and what’s another word for club? That’s right - cult. Every “club” has approved and banned activities that all members must follow, and they get very specific.
For instance you can start a cult for rich people who love woohooing the elderly but are forbidden to watch television or read books. Guaranteed good time.
Up the chaos by adding: Spa Day. Because you can make yoga a part of your 'club’s' compulsory activities. You’ll be running your own NXIVM in no time.
1. Get Famous
Finally, you can live out your dreams of stardom, the only question is; do you want to be famous or infamous? Both are possible, depending on your actions. You can be feared, or you can be worshipped, but either way, the chaos is delicious. Fans will stalk you and show up to your house (and, if you desire, be added to your basement dungeon). Once you’ve scored enough fame points you can get your own squad (AKA cult) to do your bidding. They’ll even dress like you. You can get real weird with it.
But fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The more famous your Sim becomes, the more quirks they receive, including ‘juice addict’ which is PG-13 for ‘alcoholic’.
Up the chaos by adding: Vintage Glamour. Yes I am breaking my own rule because this is a stuff pack, not a game pack. But, aside from some fab threads and hairdos, Vintage Glamour introduces butlers to the game. They cook, they clean, they can be summoned by a tiny bell and made to dance for hours on end for your own amusement. Perfect match for a celebrity.
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