The Sims 2 Recommended Mods List

The Sims 2 Recommended Mods List

Sims 2 Recommended Mods List

This is my ultimate Sims 2 recommended mods list.

Although I link to some of the mods I use on my Gameplay Rules Page, I thought it might be nice to have a “master list” of all the mods I use in my game.

I’m always adding to the list as I find new mods and removing the ones that don’t work out for me, so check back frequently for updates.

LAST UPDATE: 10/02/2019

Table of Contents

Anti-Corruption Mods

These are mods that will help prevent corruption in your ‘hoods. I consider these non-negotiable. Download these first!

  • Mootilda’s Hood Checker – This is a tool and not really a mod, but it’s necessary to check your hoods for corruption. Read all documentation on the download page.
  • No Corrupt Death – Suppresses the corrupt death memory.
  • No Unlink on Delete – Game no longer partially destroys sim file on deletion of tombstone. May resolve potential random tombstone losses when moving tombstones to community lots resulting from shredded character files produced by unlinkage.
  • Unofficial AL Patch – Fixes many critical issues with the game.

Essential Mods

These are the mods I consider to be essential to my gameplay and I could not play without them.

  • Anti-Redundancy – Eliminates spawning of unnecessary redundant NPCs.
  • Bat Box (FFS Lot Debugger) – This has a lot of similar features to the Sim Blender, but also has a lot of helpful debug options. In my early Let’s Play episodes, I used it to give my Sims college degrees. I also use it to “Roll the Pacifier” or reset Sim genetics to prevent clone babies. You can download a prettier version as a vase here.
  • Day Setter – Used to set the day of the week when Sims move to a new lot. Necessary to keep their ages in sync with the rest of the ‘hood.
  • Gussy Up (Updated for Seasons) – This mod allows you to buy, change, and plan outfits from a pie menu in-game. Allows you to change townie clothing and change appearance of any Sim directly by clicking on them.
  • Inge’s Age Group Tweak – I use this to change the number of days for each life stage. Requires messing around in Sim PE, but it’s not too difficult. Click here to see my tutorial on using this hack to create your own custom lifespans.
  • No Townie Regen – I put this mod in after I’ve been playing a while and I don’t want any new townies created. I remove it if I want more townies. To download, choose the most recent expansion you have (AL if you have the Ultimate Collection) and scroll through the list until you find the mod.
  • No Dormie Regen – Same as above.
  • Sim Blender – The ultimate Sim management “God” mod. You’ll see me use this a lot in my Let’s Plays.
  • Sim Manipulator – Similar to InSimenator and the Sim Blender but has a few different options. I use it for the ability to instantly change clothes to a different outfit or plan outfits by clicking on a Sim, and to make non-playable Sims easily selectable, but it has MANY more options.

Baby & Toddler Mods

These are mods that affect the baby and toddler life stages.

  • Baby Bottle Replacement – Replaces the green baby bottles with clear bottles filled with milk.
  • Crib Get Out – Allows your toddlers to get out of the crib by themselves.
  • Accessible Toddler High Chairs – This global mod allows sims to access any high chair from left and right sides and also access diagonally placed highchairs. Custom chairs work as well.
  • Freetime Cribs Animated – Enables the animations on the two cribs that came with Free Time. Finally your Sims wont stick their arms through the railings anymore!

Build & Buy Mode Mods

These are mods that impact build mode and buy mode.

  • Maxis Modular Stairs Passage Fix – This mod enables Sims to pass directly through under all Maxis modular stairs, just like base game Holy Smoke stairs. You need this mod if you follow my tutorial on using modular stairs with the Ultimate Collection (or if you use open underneath modular stairs at all).
  • Object Rotator – These object rotators will allow you to place objects with steps of 5 degree. Rotated objects are still normally usable.
  • OMSPs – One more slot please. Allows you to place more decorative objects in more places. Also useful for posing Sims for screenshots.
  • Rug Texture Fix – Fixes the wonky textures that happen to rugs when placed off-grid.
  • Stair Wall Fix – Fixes the way the wall under the stairs appears and makes it look better.
  • Television Placement Mod – Adds the adjustable height feature to TVs so they can be moved up and down on the walls just like paintings.
  • Walk-Through Blocks – Allows Sims to walk around and through objects. Useful for creating small lots.

Business Mods

These are mods that impact playable businesses from the Open for Business Expansion Pack.

  • Business Mod – Fixes a lot of issues with Open for Business. Recommended if you intend on playing Sim-owned businesses in your neighborhoods.
  • Townie Budget Mod – Townies can no longer buy items they can’t afford at businesses, eat at restaurants if they have no money, etc. Does wonders for realism. No more endless money for townies.
  • Simlogical OFB Mods – I personally use the Automatic Open Sign, but others on this page include the automatic cash register and automatic stocking sign.

Computer Mods

These mods affect the in-game computers your Sims use. Apparently, I use enough of these to give them their own section.


Education Mods

Mods that affect education, university, school, homework, etc.

  • Desk Locator AKA Put Your Homework Away Properly – Place the desk locator on a desk or table and have your Sim claim the desk via the menu on the object. They will put their homework on their own desk.
  • Edukashun Iz Gud – Limits promotions for uneducated Sims. They can only be promoted to  a certain career level based on how much education they have.
  • Faster Homework – Finish homework in 15 minutes instead of an hour.
  • Later Classes – Moves all morning university classes later in the day so no class starts before noon. Complements the Semester Changes mod.
  • No SS Respawn – Eliminates respawning of Secret Society members. If there are not enough SS members, when the game attempts to generate one, it will, instead of generating a new NPC, induct a YA townie instead, and use him.
  • Partial Homework Credit – This mod gives kids credit for partially completed homework.
  • School Mods – This mod fixes problems with the way a sim determines which friend to bring home from school, makes it so that private school students leave school earlier than usual, and makes it so that your household needs to pay 100 simoleons per each child/teen studying in private school.
  • Semester Changes – Makes University 8 days instead of 24.
  • Uni Career Lifetime Wants – Adds the missing lifetime wants for University careers back into the game.
  • Uni Aging and YA Move Out of College – Part of the Young Adults can enjoy maternity mods. Allows Sims of any age to live in the University subhoods, and allows Sims to stay at college after graduation and continue aging.

Finance Mods

These are mods that address finance, money, or the economy in some way.

  • Loan Jar – Allows your Sims to take out loans and you can set the interest rate.
  • Lower Wages – Reduces salaries for Uni, Seasons, and Free Times jobs to match the base game jobs.
  • Monique’s Child Support – Sims not living on the lot with their children must pay child support. If you don’t have the Ultimate Collection or Apartment Life, you can find older versions of this mod here.
  • No 20k Handout – Direct Download – Must Have AL for this version to work. If you don’t have AL or the Ultimate Collection, you’ll have to search for an older version.
  • Partial Financial Advice – Sims offering financial advice on the computer will be paid for the partial hour if the command is canceled.
  • Professional Blogger – Sims who have maxed out enthusiasm in a hobby will earn money during the time they blog.
  • Salary Bonus – Rewards Sims for long service, in addition to pay increases from being promoted. Sims who remain at their current career level (pay grade) will receive pay rises as their days worked at that level increase.
  • Social Welfare – Allows poor, unemployed Sims to apply for welfare.
  • Taxi Charges Money – Sims are charged to take a taxi to community lots.
  • Vehicles Cost Money to Drive – Charges your Sim money to take their own car to a community lot.

Fix Mods

These are mods that fix problems with the game or just things I personally find annoying. They aren’t required, but they make gameplay more fun (in my opinion).

  • Biotech Station Fixes & New Virus Gameplay – Fixes all the things wrong with the Biotech Station career reward and adds new gameplay elements for “giving viruses” to Sims. This is great for the Beaker Family! Also allows you to take medicine and start a pharmacy business.
  • Cyjon’s Sims 2 Mods N Stuff – I have almost ALL the fix mods from Cyjon. It was getting to be too much to list them all here. I recommend perusing his selection and downloading the ones that appeal to you. NOTE: Most of his mods require his Smarter EP Check so make sure you download this first before you go on a download spree on his site.
  • Dress Me Correctly – Sims will put on the correct clothing when changing depending on time of day and their schedule.
  • Don’t Walk Away While Cooking – Sims will no longer walk away from the stove and burn the house down.
  • Eat More, Talk Less While Dining – This hack will completely bypass the conversation if the sims is in desperation for energy, hunger, fun or bladder, or is in a bad mood. Sims with maxed social will talk less.
  • Exercise Bike Fix – With this mod, sims stop using the Exerto Super Exercise Bike when they’re in bad mood, hungry, sleepy, feel uncomfortable or need to go to the toilet, as if they were using other skill objects. Originally sims don’t care about their needs at all while using the bike and they can die for that reason.
  • Extended Family Treated as Family – Allows the game to recognize second cousins, first cousins once removed, great grandparents, great grandchildren, and great aunts and uncles as family members. No more dating distant relatives!
  • Gypsy Matchmaker Fix – You can now interact with the Gypsy Matchmaker on community lots instead of just dismissing her.
  • No Death Type Loss when Moving Tombstones – Fixes a bug that causes Sims to lose their death type when you move the tombstone to a community lot. Ghosts will now be the correct color based on their death type after moving.
  • Pescado’s Apartment Hack – Fixes a lot of issues with apartments.
  • Random Calls Fix – Fixes problems related to the random phone calls your Sims receive.
  • Shadow Fix – Fixes the black boxes that appear under Sims in some games and restores correct shadows.
  • Simply Leftovers – Allows you to store leftovers as single plates so Sims don’t have to take out the group-sized plate every time they want leftovers.
  • Smart Beds – Forces the bed ownership system in the game to actually work. Sims will autonomously use the bed they have the most ownership of.
  • Smarter Lights – The purpose of this mod is to automatically turn the light on and off, depending of the type of the lot, the time of the day, and what the sims are doing.
  • Smarter Parent Choice for College Cinematics – Makes the game choose who drops your Sim off at college based on relationship with the parent.
  • Social Worker Hack – Direct Download from MATY – Apartment Life version. This hack makes the Social Worker behave more reasonably. If you don’t have AL, you’ll have to search for the version you need.
  • Woohoo Count Fix – Fixes a problem with woohoo count. If a Sim has woohooed with the same sim multiple times in different types of woohoo, the game will now consider that as having woohooed with only one sim.
  • Woohoo LTW Fix – Stops the woohoo LTW from disappearing after being achieved.

Job Mods

These mods impact jobs and careers in the game.

  • Job Options Mod Set – Allows all Sims to choose between part- and full-time jobs, asks you before a Sim gets promoted, allows Sims to have jobs in the University ‘hoods, and unlocks work-related wants and fears for young adults.
  • Job Seeking Notice Board – A notice board you can put on community lots that allows your Sims to get a job in any career track. This can also be done with Monique’s hacked computer, but I prefer the realism of having an unemployment office.
  • Job Stopinator – When placed in your Sim’s inventory, they cannot be promoted to a higher level in their career.
  • Level Numbers Added to Job Titles – Adds the job level next to the job title in menu screens. Very handy for quickly seeing what level your Sim is at in their career.
  • No Carpools for Mothers – This mod will prevent the carpool from showing up for all female sims that have their own baby or toddler living in the lot. You can still have them walk to work if you want.
  • Work & Bring Home Friend Dialogue – A dialog box (Yes/No) will pop up that will ask you if it’s okay to bring a friend home from work.
  • Young Adult Job Panel Revealer – This is a hacked object that allows you to temporarily open student’s job panel that is normally replaced by major/classes panel. Recommended for use with the Job Options Mod Set listed above.

Memory Mods

These mods impact Sim memories.

  • Engagement Memory Fix – Fixes a very annoying bug that causes some Sims to have a negative memory of getting engaged when it should be positive. (If you get a negative memory before finding this mod, you can change it back to positive in Sim PE.)
  • Memory Manipulator – The Memory Manipulator allows you to edit the memories of the currently selected sim. No more messing around in SimPE. Now you can edit memories directly through an in-game menu.
  • Met New Great Grandchild Memory – This mod gives the memory of meeting a new great grandchild.

Miscellaneous Mods

These are mods that aren’t really essential, but they add new features and depth to gameplay.

  • Astronomy Mod – Allows Sims to find more stars and planets with the telescope, get random amounts of money from finds instead of always $500, and makes the chance of finds based on the Sim’s logic skill.
  • Become an Author Without a Computer – This mod allows you to write a novel without using a computer using a notepad. Great for your historic hoods, or generally poor authors who can’t yet afford to buy a computer.
  • Community Time Project – Enables the passing of time on community lots to be spent on the home lot. When a Sim leaves a community lot at 5:00 PM, it will be 5:00 PM when they get back home, but you’ll still be able to play the family left behind in the meantime. Make sure to read ALL documentation.
  • Call NPCs – Allows you to call NPCs on the phone (such as Kaylynn Langerak).
  • Default Book Covers & Novel Icons – Replaces the book covers and icons for choosing plots when writing novels. New graphics taken from The Sims 4.
  • Elders Sleep Through the Night – self-explanatory.
  • For Sale Sign – Automatically keeps kitchen and bathroom built-ins, all light fixtures, and gives you proper value when moving from a lot. Based on the stay things shrub.
  • Local Walkbys – Sim residential walkbys now will only be people who actually live in your ‘hood or sub-‘hood.
  • Monique’s Individual Aging – Allows you to turn aging on/off for individual Sims from the pie menu. To download, scroll down to Reply #22 and choose AL UniEnabled MQ Individual Aging.
  • No Humble – No longer gives your Sims a free computer when you first load a household.
  • No Plumbobs – Removes plumbobs from the Neighborhood Screen and Sims. This version removes Plumbobs from Sims only. Links to mediafire downloads.
  • No Smiling in CAS – Sims no longer constantly smile while you’re trying to edit them in CAS.
  • Non-Townie Outfits – Prevents certain outfits and hairstyles from being selected for townies and newly-aged sims.
  • Outdoor Lights All Night – Outdoor lights will stay on until 7 am rather than 2 am.
  • Sleepwear by Personality – Changes the logic for sims choosing what to wear when going to bed autonomously.
  • Townie Apartment Residents – Apartment neighbors and roommates will be chosen from the townie pool rather than social groups.
  • Fewer Hobby Wants – Reduces the number of hobby wants by stopping certain wants from being triggered.
  • No Greeting NPCs – Stops the Matchmaker and Garden Club Lady from showing up when you move a Sim into a new lot.
  • Select Your Cemetery – Sims dying on apartment lots are no longer sent to a random cemetery. You can now choose the cemetery to send them to.
  • Townie Body Diversity – Any spawned townies have a chance of being either fat or fit. Every Sim is no longer thin.
  • Visitor Controller – Control which Sims are allowed to visit certain lots. Ban Sim from lots based on gender, aspiration, career, gender preference, and many other characteristics. Also allows you to ban Crumplebottom, Unsavory Charlatan and other annoying NPCs.
  • Watch TV from All Chairs – Allows your Sims to watch TV from chairs facing any direction at least 10 squares back from the TV – even if they’re facing sideways or at 45-degree angles.

Name Mods

  • Last Name Copier – Allows you to copy last names between Sims. Good for changing the last name of your children to the father’s last name when unmarried couples procreate.
  • Marriage Last Name Chooser – Allows you to choose the last name of two Sims getting married.
  • Jordi’s Names – This file changes the default list of names for townies and NPCs. It is mainly based on US Census data.

Neighborhood Mods

These are mods and custom content I use to make my neighborhoods look beautiful with today’s graphics. I’ve also made a video tutorial showing how to use and install these mods in your own hoods.

  • The Great Sky of Totalitarianism – Beautiful animated skies for your hoods and lots. You’ll need the sky box mesh, sky fix, full archive of lot skies, and full archive of hood skies (all available in this link) to make your skies look like mine in game.
  • Realistic Sun and Moon – I use the normal Sun and Real Moon for my hood skies. You can also download the invisible versions if you don’t like the sun, moon, and/or stars showing.
  • Seasons-ready Skylines – Gorgeous skylines that work beautifully with the above animated skies. I use Green Hills for Pleasantview but they are all gorgeous.
  • Curious B’s Neighborhood Terrain and Road Replacements – Greener grass and better looking dirt/desert terrains, and nicer roads that work with the terrains. If this link isn’t working, you can also get the replacements on Sim File Share here.
  • Criquette’s Linden Trees as Default Replacements – Less blurry, more beautiful trees for your hoods. UPDATE: I am no longer using the Linden Trees as my default replacements. I now use these from Silent Dragon. Either ones are nice, but I prefer Silent Dragon’s as they are a bit more Maxis Match.
  • Voeille’s Texture Replacements – Less blurry textures for beaches, cliffs, and snow. UPDATE: The links from the tutorial video on Voeille’s Tumblr no longer work. She has also uploaded them on MTS. Get them here.
  • Gunmod’s Camera Mod – Necessary to view your skies and skylines. Allows you to view the far edges of your hood and have a top-down view, plus many more camera angles.

Pet Mods

These mods are related to Pets and animals in the game.

  • Baby Pet Creator – Create puppies and kittens for your Sims to adopt. I use this mod on my Animal Shelter Lot.
  • Caged Pet Fix – Fixed random bird death bug and other annoyances and bugs related to the birds and womrats.
  • No Pet Obsession – Sims will now get wants related to pets only if they are in their family or if they are friends with the animal, and wants are also dependent on a sim’s interest in animals.
  • No Stray Respawn – Stray animals no longer respawn. Existing animals unaffected. Animals that exist in play may become strays, but no new random ones will generate.
  • Patterns for Puppies and Kittens – This mod unlocks patterns for your puppies and kittens. Now you can see what they’re going to look like before they age up.
  • Pets in University – Allows Sims to have pets in the University ‘hoods.

Pose Mods

These are mods I use to pose my Sims for screenshots, portraits, and for making thumbnails for my Youtube videos.

  • Freezer Clock – Allows you to freeze time when necessary. Be careful with this because it does not freeze pregnancy timers.
  • Fourth Wall Options – I use this for the “look at me now” command which makes Sims look directly at the camera.
  • Jaydee’s Pose Boxes – The only pose boxes I really use are the ones from Jaydee, and of these I mostly use the Loading Screen poses. It has all the poses from the household loading screens.
  • MixedUp’s Screenshot Background – This is a giant rug that creates a solid color background for screenshots. It makes isolating Sims so easy!
  • No Red Pause Lines – Removes the red lines around the screen when the game is paused.
  • Thought & Talk Bubble Controller – Allows  you to choose a specific talk or thought bubble to appear above a Sim’s head. Great for storytelling and screenshots.

Pregnancy & Adoption Mods

These are the pregnancy and adoption-related mods I use in my ‘hoods.

  • Adopt in Poverty – Takes away the requirement to have $3,000 to adopt.
  • Adopt Teen Gender Preference – Allows you to adopt teens and choose the gender and skin tone of the adopted baby, toddler, child, or teen.
  • Baby Wants Fix – This hack removes the distinction between having or adopting a child as far as wants are concerned. Any sim with a want to adopt that has a baby born will have the adopt want satisfied and vice versa.
  • Maternity Outfit Fix for Young Adults – Necessary if you use the YA Maternity mod listed below.
  • Pregnancy Relationship Change – For when a sim’s pregnancy first shows and those around her realize she’s pregnant. Allows a Sim to figure out a baby is not “his” if he has high enough logic skill points.
  • Quiet Pregnancy – No longer get the pregnancy chimes after try for baby. Pregnancies will be a surprise!
  • Same Day Adoption – The social worker will bring your child on the same day you call the adoption agency.
  • Young Adults Can Enjoy Maternity – This is a suite of mods that allows your Young Adults to get pregnant and have babies in University, plus a host of other functions.

Romance & Relationship Mods

These are mods related to romance and relationships in the game.

  • Adult-Teen Attraction – Allows adults and teens to have romantic attraction. Recommended for use with ACR (see below).
  • Autonomous Casual Romance (ACR) – Allows your Sims to autonomously woohoo, try for baby, make booty calls, and perform a whole host of romantic interactions. Gives your Sims more freedom to make their own romantic decisions and creates a lot of drama and fun in your neighborhood. Highly recommended!
  • Find a Mate Crystal Ball – Summon the power of the Gypsy’s crystal ball, without having to deal with the old bat. Much better than the gypsy matchmaker and free!
  • Just Be Friends Social – Teens and up can ask romantic interests to “just be friends,” and then all crush/love flags between them get cleared.
  • More Realistic Relationship Decay – Self-explanatory; relationship decay is now more realistic.
  • New Turn-Ons – This mod adds four new turn ons/offs to the game. In addition, it fixes quite a few problems with the attraction/chemistry system.
  • Wedding Mat by Chris Hatch – I use this mod in my community lot weddings. Allows Sims to get married on the mat instead of with a wedding arch (useful if you want to use a podium like I do). Also, there are any female sims on the lot that are either a sister or child to one of the happy couple then they will be invited to be a bridesmaid.

Skill Mods

Mods that impact skill building in the game.

  • Comm Skilling – Direct Download from MATY – Apartment Life version. Controlled sims, NPCs, and townies may gain skills while visiting community lots. Enthusiasm may now be gained on community lots and while visiting. Fixes Physiology Borkedness in AL. Rep may now be gained both on and off community lots.
  • Creativity Gained from Diary and Blogging – As the title says, Sims will gain creativity skill from writing in their diaries and blogging on the computer.
  • Jump Rope Fitness – Sims will gain fitness from jumping rope.

Supernatural Mods

These are mods that affect the supernatural life states.

  • Creature Fixes – Fixes a lot of issues with supernaturals.
  • Hereditary Supernaturalism – When babies grow into toddlers they can inherit vampirism and plantsimism from their parents. When toddlers grow into children they can inherit lycanthropy, and when they grow into teens they can inherit witchism.
  • Higher Odds of Abduction – Increases the overall odds of being abducted by aliens when stargazing.
  • Sim Transformer – Making an alien-zombie-vampire-werewolf-plantsim-witch hybrid has never been this easy. This magical picture can transform (and cure) your sim to any of the creatures.
  • Werewolf Personality – Rather than continuously changing personality forever, giving all werewolves the same personality, this changes personality only through the first 20 transformations.  Werewolves will experience no more than +5 to playful, active and outgoing and no more than -5 to neat and nice. This gives a final personality that is related to their pre-wolf state.

UI Mods

These are mods that affect the Sims 2 user interface.

  • AL UI Font Fix – Fixes tiny text and other UI bugs that happened with AL and MGS.
  • More CAS Items for Widescreens – As seen in my livestreams. Adds more rows to the CAS menus so you can see more items at once. Choose the file based on your monitor resolution.
  • Widescreen CAS Camera Fix – Prevents the Sim’s face and body from being blocked by the UI in CAS. Read instructions carefully. This is a text file that goes in your camera folder.

Retired Mods

These are mods I no longer use, but may have mentioned in previous Let’s Play videos. I am leaving them here in case anyone comes looking for them.

  • Inteenimater – Allows teen pregnancies and a has a host of other cool features. Conflicted with too many of my other mods, so I removed it. Make sure you read all documentation well before installing this if you decide to use it.
  • College Tuition and Student Loans – I made college free for all my Sims, so I didn’t need a tuition mod any longer. I never could quite get this one to work correctly, but I understand that it’s’ been updated.
  • Pregnancy Span 8 Hours – Makes Sim pregnancies last only a single day. I took this out because my Sims were procreating too fast.
  • Risky Woohoo – Normal woohoo has a 20% chance of resulting in pregnancy. I no longer use this mod since ACR handles risky woohoo in my game. This is a great mod if you don’t use ACR.

Custom Content

I have gigs and gigs of custom content, so there’s no way I can post it all here. However, I will post a few essentials that I couldn’t live without.

Also, see this page for many of my favorite CC creators/sites. I play with a Maxis-Match style, so all my links are for MM CC.

  • Correlated Skins – genetic set of Maxis Match skins with body hair and baby hair. For the baby hair, you need to visit the comment section here and get the bu_hair files.
  • Mina’s 27 Face Templates – to replace the ugly Maxis templates.
  • Bruno’s Behind These Eyes Maxified – prettier, more realistic eyes that are still Maxis-match.
  • Default Makeup Replacement – Replaces the fugly basegame and OFB makeup.
  • Default Replacements – I have replaced most of the hideous Maxis Clothing using replacements from here. You can browse through multiple selections for each clothing item and choose the replacement you want. Highly recommended site.

Custom Lots

I don’t use a lot of custom lots because I like to use the Maxis lots in the premade ‘hoods. But there are a few things missing from Pleasantview. Here are the lots I use:

  • Slappy’s Flop House – The creator’s site (simwardrobe.com) is down, so I am providing this for download. I use this apartment lot for my poor Sims to live in while they’re saving up for something better. Very cheap rooms – around $120 per week with a shared living space and kitchen with cafeteria worker. You will need Shiny Time NPC Everywhere Patch for the cook to show up and work properly.
  • PAWS (Pleasantview Animal Rescue Site) – I built this lot to serve as an animal shelter for stray animals and a pet store that can be used as a home business. Includes caretaker apartment, dog kennels, cat colony, aquariums, and shop stocked with pet supplies.
  • Pleasantview Cemetery – I created this lot as a final resting place for my Pleasantview Sims.
  • Pleasantview Public Library – Beautiful lot that I use for my poor Sim’s to use the hacked computers. I replace all the computers with hacked versions.
  • Pleasantview Retirement Home – I created this lot to send my elder townies. Includes a cemetery they can be killed off to make room for new townies in your ‘hood.
  • Pleasantview Workforce Center – Sims can find a job in any career track and unemployed Sims can apply for welfare benefits.

The Sims 2 Tools

These are external tools I use outside of the game itself. Sim PE is essential to my gampeplay. All others are optional, but I find them quite handy.

  • SIM PE – This is a tool that I could not play without. It’s necessary for using Inge’s Age Hack and for changing Sim household namesextracting portraitsediting memoriessharing simsfixing first born syndrome, etc. You can do a lot more with it, but I mostly use it for simple edits.
  • Any Game Starter – The AnyGameStarter allows to create a temporary test-game including or excluding any Expansion Pack, Stuff Pack and Add-on Packs (among the ones that you own, of course). Good for building lots to share, playing challenges outside your main game, creating themed games (medieval, etc). If you have the disc game, you’ll need to use this version.
  • Collection Creator – Easily create collection files for downloaded custom content. Scroll down and it’s the last download on the page.
  • Flashnote – An awesome tool for keeping notes about your Sims and hood as you play.
  • Greenshot – This is the tool I use for taking Screenshots in Sims 2. It’s completely free and easy to  use.
  • Sim Randomizer – Stand-alone program that creates random Sims (single or families) including all traits, appearance, personality, etc. You can choose the settings you want. Useful for challenges.
  • Sims2Pack Clean Installer – Sims2Pack Clean Installer is a tool for Sims 2™ and all people who download a lot of custom content.  Categorize, catalog, and remove content, as well as preview files before installing.
  • Sims 2 Tracking Spreadsheets – These are the templates I use for tracking my Sims in large hoods. Regular and extended versions available.

If any of the links above don’t work, please leave a comment and let me know. Some of these links are to old sites and they might not be around forever. If a site goes down or a mod is no longer available, I will gladly upload it directly to this blog.


Sims 2 Mods List Updates

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January 12, 2019 Updates 

  • Added the following new mods:
    • The Community Time Project
    • Brighter Computer Screens
    • Default Replacement Computer Screens
    • Level Numbers Added to Job Titles
    • Patterns for Puppies & Kittens
    • No Red Pause Lines

April 21, 2019 Updates

  • Added new sections for Baby & Toddler, Build Mode, Memories, Romance, Skill, Supernatural, UI Mods
  • Updated link to Visitor Controller for new updated version of mod.
  • Added Greenshot and Sims2Pack Clean Installer to Tools section.
  • Added the following new mods:
    • Memory Manipulator
    • High chair access
    • FT cribs animated
    • Just be Friends
    • Work & Bring Home Friend Dialogue
    • Don’t Walk Away While Cooking
    • No Carpools for Mothers
    • Extended Family Treated as Family
    • Wedding Mat
    • Object Rotator
    • Walk-Through Blocks
    • Gussy Up
    • Maxis Modular Stair Passage Fix
    • Rug Texture Fix
    • More CAS Items for Widescreens
    • Baby Bottle Replacements
    • Young Adults can Enjoy Maternity
    • Uni Aging and YA Move Out of College
    • Job Options Mod Set
    • Pets in University
    • Widescreen CAS Camera Fix
    • Sim Transformer
    • Find a Mate Crystal Ball
    • Higher Odds of Abduction
    • Adult-Teen Attraction
    • Caged Pet Fix
    • No Pet Obsession
    • No Smiling in CAS
    • Eat More Talk Less While Dining
    • Television Placement Mod
    • Creativity Gained from Diary
    • No Death Type Loss When Moving Tombstones
    • Become an Author Without a Computer
    • Faster Homework
    • Default Book Covers & Novel Icons

September 21, 2019 Updates

  • Updated Neighborhood Mods section with my new favorite default replacement trees by Silent Dragon.
  • Added new section for Business Mods.
  • Added the following new mods:
    • Biotech Station Fixes & New Virus Gameplay
    • Business Mod
    • Townie Budget Mod
    • Simlogical OFB Mods
    • Batbox as a Vase
    • Watch TV from All Chairs
    • No Plumbobs Mods (Neighborhood and Sims)
    • Thought & Talk Bubble Controller
    • Shadow Fix
    • Local Walkbys
    • Sim Manipulator
    • Gypsy Matchmaker Fix
    • School Mods

October 2, 2019 Updates

  • Added Baby Pet Creator mod to Pets section.

49 thoughts on “The Sims 2 Recommended Mods List”

  1. Dear Pleasant Sims,

    I am absolutely in love with your Gameplay and your content you share with us/me. Thank you & keep playing.

    Greetings,

    kali from Berlin

  2. Hi, I have a question concerning the Edukashun Iz Gud mod. If for example a sim with no college degree, who graduated from school with a C or higher is in a career track with level 5, can this sim still get a promotion with a chance card as usual? No problem if you don’t know it. I’m just really torn between installing this mod or not. Btw, your blog is awesome.

    • Hi! I think they can still get promoted through chance cards. I’m not 100% sure and I really haven’t paid much attention to this in my game, but I believe the mod only applies to the normal promotions through work performance and not the chance cards. If you didn’t want them to get promoted above level 5, you can always use the Job Stopinator or Ignore Chance Cards. I hope that helps! And thank you!

  3. Hi, I absolutely love your Sims 2 videos and I love all the mods posted on this page! I know you have a TON of custom content hairs, clothes, etc. Basically just create a sim stuff, so obvioulsy way too much to list but I’m wondering what sites you get your CAS custom content from? Do you have any CC site suggestions for Sim hair. makeup, clothes, etc.
    Thank you!
    Greetings,
    Ellie 🙂

    • Hi Ellie! I’m so glad the mods list is helpful. I have listed my favorite CC sites on the sidebar. Besides Mod the Sims, some of my favorite sites are Sims & Stuff, Deedee Sims, Veranka’s TS2 Downloads, Simcat81, Sims2Play, and Fanseelamb’s Tumblr (see sidebar for links). I hope this helps! 🙂

    • Hi Claude! Yes, I have seen Liana’s stuff. While her clothing is very good, it doesn’t fit the style of my game. I like to use Maxis-Match instead of the more realistic style she creates. Thank you for mentioning it, though. I’m always looking for new custom content creators. 🙂

  4. I’m pretty sure you’ve been asked this a million and one times, so I’m really really sorry. But how did you get the Sims 2 Ultimate Collection? I have all the Sims 2 Expansion packs and stuff packs, but I recently got a new computer with Windows 10 and now they won’t run properly. I looked online for the Ultimate Collection and I can’t find anywhere to buy it. I’ve heard the only way to get it is to reach out to EA with proof that you own the game. Sorry again if you’ve been asked this before!

    • Hi Chelsea! Yes, it’s true. There’s no other way to get the Ultimate Collection except through EA on Origin. One of my subscribers was able to get it as recently as a few weeks ago, so it can be done. You do need proof of owning at least the base game. My advice is to go onto Ebay and buy a cheap used copy of the game. I see one there now for $9.50. Then you can call Origin/EA customer service and tell them you own the CD version and you want to add the game on Origin. They should ask you for the CD key found somewhere on the manual or on a piece of paper that came with the CD version. Make sure the game you buy has a CD key with it before you buy! Good luck!

      • Thank you so much! I’m definitely going to give it a try. I already own all the physical copies of the game and I still have the codes and all that. So, fingers crossed! Thanks so much for replying! And thanks for having such an amazing YouTube channel! I’m a new subscriber and I’ve just been binging all of your videos, haha.

        Have a good day and thanks again!!!

  5. Hi Cindy!

    I absolutely love your game plays and the sims 2! I have the ultimate collection but it is kind of glitchy, especially in build mode. The screen flickers but it goes away quickly. I was wondering if you had any of those problems and if so how you fixed them?

    Thank you!

  6. Hi Cindy! I love your YouTube videos! You are probably the only youtuber (Other than SheGamerxo) that I know to play The Sims 2, and I love it since I grew up with Sims 2. I cannot wait for the University parts of round 5!

    Keep up the best work!

    – Miles (A black master splinter)

    • Thanks Miles! I’m so glad you like the videos! I can’t wait to get back to University too! It’s going to be awesome watching all the Sims from the first generation growing up and becoming adults. 🙂

  7. Hi Cindy!! I’m really glad that you’re back!! Could you also make a list of your updates of mod whenever you have updates? I downloaded almost all of them months ago and It’s kinda hard to figure out what has been updated. Thanks!!

    • Hi Nathan! Yes, I will absolutely do this! That’s a great idea and I’ll add an update section the next time I add something.

      If it helps you now, the most recent additions are:

      • The Community Time Project
      • Brighter Computer Screens & Default Replacement Computer Screens
      • Level Numbers Added to Job Titles
      • Patterns for Puppies & Kittens
      • No Red Pause Lines

      Thank you for the wonderful suggestion!

  8. What’s the name of the mod/cheat that satisfies object wants for poor Fortune sims? You used them in one of your episodes when Dirk & Lilith were living in the flophouse….

  9. Hello Cindy! I just wanted to suggest a mod. It’s a lighting mod, which adds a dawn and a dusk and now I can’t live without it. http://www.digitalperversion.net/gardenofshadows/index.php?topic=7999.0 The instructions say to put the file to C/program files/ea games/the sims2/ts data/res/lights but with the UC I had to put it into C/program files/ea games/the sims2 ultimate collection/double deluxe/base/ts data/res/lights to get it to work. I promise you I fell in love with this mod.

    • Hi Hendrik! I was using the updated lighting mod by Spooky Muffin but it wasn’t working correctly for me. I think maybe I placed it in the wrong folder, so thanks so much for that tip! I will look into it!

  10. Hello Cindy! I have just discovered your page today. I am so glad to see the Sims 2 community is still active! I have not been very involved in the community and have played independently on and off for many many years. I have never tried mods before, but this list makes it so much easier to get started!

    I do have one question that you may have addressed in your streams; how do you get the game to run properly on your Windows 10 pc? I am currently using an older (and outdated) Windows 7 pc and playing off the disks. I have invested a lot of time and money, so I don’t want to switch to digital downloads unless I have to.

    Thanks so much, I look forward to seeing your pins, tweets, and streams!

    • Hi there! Here is everything I know about playing The Sims 2 on Windows 10: https://pleasantsims.com/sims-2-windows-10/
      You’ll need to apply the 4GB patch (allows the game to recognize more memory) and to use graphics rules maker (for modern widescreen monitors). Unfortunately, the digital version of The Sims 2 is no longer available through Origin, so you’re stuck with the discs anyway. But the steps are pretty much the same for either one. It’s all explained in the post linked above. Good luck and please let me know if you need any help! 🙂

  11. Hi Cindy! I was wondering if you were going to make the apartments that you made in Strangetown available for download.

  12. Hej:) i have a question about the child support mod:) i dont know why but it dont work…or it works in certain days only?:)

    • Hi there! This is how the mod is designed. It doesn’t pay child support every day. Here’s the schedule:

      Support Amount (default):
      – Pregnant $200 (until not giving birth) x 3 = $600 approx. (no support if you’re playing Supporter’s house)
      – Baby $200 (Mon,Wed,Fri and Sun) x 4 = $800/week
      – Toddler $200 (Tue,Thu and Sat) x 3 = $600/week
      – Child $200 (Wed and Fri) x 2 = $400/week
      – Teen $200 (Thu) x 1 = $200/week

      I hope that helps!

  13. Hi Cindy! I downloaded the Social Welfare mod and it seemed to work fine util I noticed my sims receiving their welfare money multiple times a day. I was unable to find any information on this issue online so I was wondering if you had ever experienced this before? I know, I’m complaining about my sims having too much money but I still would prefer my game to be realistic 🙂

    P.S. Love your YouTube videos!

    • Hi Maria!
      I have never heard of this, but it sounds like a mod conflict to me. I would download the Hack Conflict Detection Utility and see if it finds any conflicts. If that doesn’t work, you might have to try the 50/50 method to check your other mods. Do you use Inteen? I find that it seems to conflict with a lot of mods like this.
      Here’s a link to the HCDU: http://www.leefish.nl/mybb/showthread.php?tid=2063
      You might also try making the welfare mod load last by adding a “z” to the beginning of the filename (or folder name if you have it in a subfolder). Sometimes that will do it!
      I hope you get it figured out!

    • Link is good! Looks like the website is down. Hopefully it’s just temporary. If it’s not back up soon, I’ll put the files here to download.

  14. Hi, Cindy! I know you’re on a hiatus and won’t be filming TS2 stuff for quite some time, but I figured I’d recommend a mod anyway in case you play in your own time, or for anyone else reading this page. Midge the Tree on tumblr (midgethetree) made a mod that lets you choose which parent a baby should take the surname of! It works exactly like the marriage last name chooser, so no more futzing about in simPE with that.

  15. Thank you so much!
    I’ve been playing The Sims for years but never really used mods so this list is so useful, especially for random stuff that annoyed me like talking too much while eating, sims leaving while cooking, children putting their homework on the floor and sims sleeping on beds that aren’t theirs.

  16. Hey Cindy! In your video, I noticed that you had some sort of mod with your sim’s taxi’s (like the one in the video on Nervous Subject). Could you link me to it?

    • Hi Abby! That mod is called “Taxi Charges Money.” It’s in the list above under Finance Mods. Unless you’re talking about the community lot time mod – in which case that’s also listed above under “Community Time Project.” Not sure which one you want, but all the mods I use are here. Enjoy!

  17. Hello, it’s me, Ana Raquel Freitas Silva. That girl who tells to thumbs up your series. I just install your mods in my game. But in financial mods, the taxi charges and vehicle charges with the comunity time project working together, doesn’t work for my sims. I was playing in Cassandra’s house and I buy a car, the most expensive, because they are rich, soo I click on Don to get in the car but he just resets himself alone, like some error or something like that… Help me please…
    PS: I read the description of the taxi charges by dick hurt and says to put comunity time project first…and I did it. I just don’t know what to do…

    • Hi Ana! In order to make the community time project load first, you need to rename the taxi charges mod to make it load last. Just put a couple ZZZs in front of the name because mods load alphabetically. Here is some more information on load order: http://modthesims.info/t/478024 That should fix your problem.

  18. Hello Cindy!
    I have an issue with computer… When i say to my sim to find a job on PC he will sit and he won´t find a job he juts flys away … he is like he just resets or something… Sorry for grammar mistakes i´m from czech republic… i hope you understand what i mean..is there some fix for this? i can´t find anything, thank you for your help 🙁

    • Hi Natalie! I haven’t heard of this specifically but it sounds like have a mod conflict. First, make sure you’re using the correct version of Monique’s computer. If you have the Ultimate Collection, you need the Apartment Life version. If you don’t have Apartment Life, you’ll need one of the older versions. Next, you may have to take out all your mods or use the 50/50 method to find out what’s conflicting. Here’s a guide on finding problem custom content: https://modthesims.info/wiki.php?title=Game_Help:Finding_Problem_Custom_Content Good luck!

  19. Hi Cindy,

    Your list is comprehensive and very helpful. However , do you know if there’s a mod that is more clear about romantic relationship changes. For example , my sims and his wife had a horrible breakup and they went for being married to enemies to acquaintances. They should be ex-wife/husband (Like in the sims 3). Or when a relationship ends there should be an option for ex-gf/fiance/fling etc..

    Thanks again!

    • Hi Yoli! Unfortunately, in The Sims 2 these relationship flags don’t exist. As far as I know there’s no way to create them. But if I ever hear of anything, I’ll definitely post it here.

  20. Thank you so much for this guide! I’m just getting back into TS2 after almost a decade and while some stuff is exactly the same, a lot is very different. This looks incredibly useful and once I get past the default installing stage (it takes SO long), I’m definitely going to use this to help me prune out the older mods that have been replaced by newer, better ones. Again, thank you so much.

  21. Hi cindy…I need help 🙁 been trying for two days to fix it myself and can’t. I downloaded all the mods from your list and installed them. Everything was fine. But now have installed the same downliads folder into my game on another computer and now I cannot use any career cheats. I can’t look for job on hacked computer(sim just like resets and jumps to standing position) same (reset) action occurs if I try to select careers through sim manipulator or sim blender. As everything works fine on my other system, I cannot figure out what is wrong. I can only look for job through the newspaper. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. ❤❤

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