ByAshley Washington, writer at
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Ashley Washington

The Sims has always been about letting your wildest dreams come to life—and we have certainly exploited the benefits of vicarious living. The possibilities are truly endless when you throw mods into the mix. We know what they can do to make things more exciting, but did you know that they can also make your game even more like life itself? Things are about to get a little too real.

Challenge Yourself With These Hyper-Realistic Mods For 'The Sims'

Full disclosure: when it comes to modding in , The Sims 2 is king. However, most of the mods I mention here have similar mods in The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. So, if you weren't lucky enough to get The Sims 2 for free on Origin a while back... all hope's not lost.

1. First Thing's First: Slow Things Down A Bit!

[Credit: lientebollemeis/Electronic Arts]
[Credit: lientebollemeis/Electronic Arts]

One of the best things you can do to get your game more in line with real life is to deck it out with a clock mod. One of lientebollemeis' mods adjusts ageing so that one Sim day is equal to one month—this makes, 12 Sim days a full year. If that's not enough for you, this mod turns each Sim day into one real day. Good luck with that one!

Doing this will make things a bit more punishing, but it will also give you a lot of time to make use of the other mods that keep things feeling realistic! If you're brave enough to do this, you'll be a realist veteran in no time!

Equivalents for The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 are also available.

2. Give Yourself A Raise, Or Do The Opposite!

'The Sims 4' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'The Sims 4' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

Salary realism is something that varies across the games. Sometimes you are grossly underpaid and other times you are getting way too much money considering the circumstances. So, it's certainly nice to know that each installment has a mod out there that will help balance the books a little.

Paired with the realistic time mod (and the willpower to refrain from using money cheats) you'll be just over half of the way to turning your Sims game into a hardcore life simulator.

Salary mods for The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 are available.

'The Sims 2' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'The Sims 2' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

If you're a glutton for pain, I recommend making use of the Housewife Career mod for The Sims 2. You won't get paid until you reach the tenth stage but it will certainly add a bit more purpose to the affair.

3. Lights, Camera... Action! (Probably)

'The Sims 2' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'The Sims 2' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

I'll be the first to admit that the lighting in The Sims leaves much to be desired. The diligent modding community has made everything even brighter than you could expect. Between these lighting and camera mods, you'll be playing a picture perfect Sims game in no time.

Trust me—this is the type of mod that you didn't know you needed until you get it all set up. It's a game changer.

Make the lighting just right with these mods for The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4.

'The Sims 2' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'The Sims 2' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

Camera mods are special because they show us a side of Sim life that we don't normally get to see—namely the ceiling but also all of that painstakingly placed pseudo-clutter that makes your home feel lived-in!

Change things up with the camera with these mods for The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4.

4. Look Alive (Until You're Not)!

Our Sims have had the pleasure of ageing since the release of The Sims 2 and it's been glorious. But even with the latest game, ageing only happens on your birthday and there's really no sense of incremental progression. That's where mods come in!

To grow as you age, check out this mod for The Sims 3. For greying hair and other primarily aesthetic changes check out this mod or this one for The Sims 2.

'The Sims 4' [Credit: Electronic Arts]
'The Sims 4' [Credit: Electronic Arts]

These mods just help you make sure the basics are in place. There are plenty of mods out there to help you refine your realism run. Tired of people thinking that you're an item just because you kissed once? There's a mod for that. Feel like bringing your real world smoking vice into your game? There's a mod for that, too!

It's basically internet rule 34.5—if it exists, there's a mod for it. If you don't believe me, just ask Harry Potter. So, take this newfound knowledge and go make The Sims a whole lot harder for yourself!

Do you think you could handle a Sims run with these mods?


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