The Sims 4 Beginners Tips

The Sims 4 Beginners Tips
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Maya Hutchinson

Published 

21st Sep 2022 10:43

One of the most popular simulation games to this day is still The Sims 4, and with the game recently going free to play, there might be a new wave of beginner players coming to enjoy the life simulation game. That's why we've compiled some of the best and must-know The Sims 4 beginner tips. If you've played the other Sims games, you won't be quite as confused about it all but that being said there are a lot of tips and tricks even veteran players might not know about. 

The Sims 4 Beginner Tips: Cheats

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One of the first things to know as a Sims 4 player is the many cheats available to you. Cheating might be taboo in other games, but it's commonplace in the Sims. Using the command console (SHIFT + C) will open a tab, and typing a simple command in this tab will unlock a variety of things. Here are the most common and important cheats to know as a Sims 4 beginner: 

The Sims 4 Money Cheats

Rather than spend hours hoping your sims will make enough money to get what you want, you can instead cheat and unlock as many simoleans as you could possibly want. 

Cheat Code Result
kaching Get 1,000 Simoleons
rosebud Get 1,000 Simoleons
motherlode Get 50,000 Simoleons

The Sims 4 Building Cheats

Building is one of the main parts of The Sims 4 and you might find yourself restricted by the base game's limitations. However, using Sims 4 Building Cheats will open a lot of doors and grant you the ability to build to your heart's content. 

Cheat Code Result
bb.moveobjects Combine objects by ignoring placement rules (Move Objects on)
bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement Unlock all career rewards (including styled rooms)
Shift + ] Increase the size of objects
Shift + [ Decrease the size of objects

The Sims 4 Beginner Tips: Expansion Packs 

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Let's address the elephant in the room, everyone knows about the many expansion packs for the Sims games. None of which are especially cheap, and you might feel as though you have to buy every single expansion pack to enjoy the game. That's not true, as you play through the base game see what it is you enjoy about it the most, then curate the expansion packs to your whims. 

Some expansion packs are denser and packed with content than others, but each will add new elements to the base game. For example, you can add seasons, pets, new careers and playable jobs. Do your research on the various expansion packs, see which looks like the kind you want and buy them. Don't feel the need to buy every single expansion pack you see. 

The Sims 4 Beginner Tips: Mods 

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The Sims 4 is a very mod-friendly game. With a huge number of mods made by members of the community, whether they're just visual changes or customization options, there are hundreds of mods to install into your game.

To install Sims 4 mods, you can drag and drop the mod folders you've downloaded into your Sims 4 "Mods" folder. The game should automatically have created one for you after you start up the game for the first time. 

Your mods folder is located in: Documents/Electronic Arts/The Sims 4/Mods.

Once you're in the game, you'll also need to enable mods in your game settings by going to your Options menu under the Other tab. Make sure to check off "Enable Custom Content and Mods" and "Script Mods Allowed" depending on what you've chosen to install. You'll need to restart your game afterwards.

With all that in mind, you're ready to take on the wonderful world of Sims 4. Hopefully, these Sims 4 Beginner tips will aid you will in your new gaming experience.

For more The Sims 4 guides, keep reading GGRecon.

Maya Hutchinson
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