The Sims 4 guide: Best Expansion, Game, and Stuff PacksWhich packs should you invest in?



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The Sims 4 has lots of downloadable content in the forms of Expansion Packs, Game Packs, Stuff Packs, and more recently, Kits. These are all paid packages that add a plethora of new content to the game, whether it’s the ability to have a hot tub in your yard or the addition of magic and spells. Our The Sims 4 DLC guide details the best Expansion Packs, Game Packs, and Stuff Packs, according to the biggest Sims fans at Polygon.


Expansion Packs typically add new gameplay systems, like seasons or the ability to own retail stores, while also adding tons of hairstyles, clothing, and furnishing objects. They cost $39.99.

Game Packs are smaller than Expansion Packs, but they can also add systems like magic. They also include hairstyles, clothing, and furnishings, but much less than Expansion Packs. Game Packs cost $19.99.

Stuff Packs are even smaller and usually only include a handful of hairstyles, clothing, and furniture items. Stuff Packs cost $9.99.

Kits are even tinier than Stuff Packs and only include a few items, some of which add a new small mechanic to the game, like vacuuming. Kits are $4.99.

Below we’ll talk about our favorite Expansion, Game, and Stuff Packs that add our favorite elements to The Sims 4. Of course, you don’t need all (or any) of these to play the games, but these are the ones we like the most.


I do not know why, but the Apartment and City-themed Sims packs are always my favorite (**blows a kiss to The Sims 2: Apartment Life, my buggy beloved**). I like having NPC Sims live close by to my own Sims, and I like the immersion of having the world directly available for interaction — my Sims can wake up in the morning and order a coffee at the stand, just like I do!


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City Living adds a bunch of unique neighborhoods in the metropolis of San Myshuno, each with its own aesthetic and quirks, as well as some cool furniture and clothes. You can also attend Sim Comic-Con, which I think is hilarious. — Petrana Radulovic