The Sims 4 turns six years old this fall, and still maintains relevancy. Why would a six-year-old game still have a huge following? Here are five reasons why!

The Sims 4 promotional art with a variety of different sims on a blue background.
The Sims 4 is a 2014 life simulation video game developed by the Redwood Shores studio of Maxis and published by Electronic Arts.
Photo by EA Games

Since Maxis and EA released the very first Sims game in February 2000, the game has steadily gained popularity within the gaming community. They released The Sims 4 in September 2014, which will make the game six years old in the fall of 2020. To date, The Sims 4 boasts 200 million monthly players. Before you get too excited, this does not mean that 200 million people have purchased The Sims 4. It simply means that the game is opened and played 200 million times in a month by its player base.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about why The Sims 4 remains relevant in the gaming community six years after its release.

1. The Sims 4 Caters to the “Casual Gamer”

For those of us who have lives and jobs, investing copious amounts of time into a video game in order to progress is simply not an option. Many games out there try to keep players engaged with complex mechanics, or artificially inflated play-time spent performing mind-numbingly repetitive tasks in the name of progress. Not so with The Sims franchise. It has always been simple to learn and easy to pick up, play for an hour or two, then put down again. 

If you’re anything like me, I tend to stop playing for months at a time. It’s never difficult to get right back into the thick of things once I pick the game back up again.

Two red-headed sims in The Sims 4 taking a selfie
Amber Stein-Fogel and her teenage daughter, Audrey, taking selfies in the hallway.
Screenshot by Monica H. Arbuckle

2. The Sims 4 Has a Robust Modding Community

Despite the fact that the number of websites dedicated to hosting and sharing downloadable content for The Sims games has dwindled over the years (quite a few of my favorites have disappeared over time), there is still a staggering amount of player-made content for The Sims 4.

Some of the bigger sites like The Sims Resource, Mod the Sims, and Around the Sims boast thousands of creations such as clothing, furniture, pre-made sims, custom careers, and even game modifications that can help fine-tune your game into exactly what you want it to be. With so much content released for The Sims 4, it’s no wonder it’s a relevant game even six years after its release!

3. The Sims 4 Gallery Exists

The Sims 4 Gallery is a convenient and interminable source of new content. It’s integrated right into the game, so creators can upload their work directly from their game, into the Gallery, and into the hands of other players.

I absolutely love the Gallery. If I load up a lot in-game and decide that I hate it, but I can’t be bothered to build a new lot myself, I can just open the Gallery (hotkey F4 by default) and download a replacement lot. Furnished or unfurnished, just like that. Easy-peasy.

This works for pre-made sims as well. The trouble I have with making my own sims is they all end up looking alike. I guess I’m not very creative when it comes to making sims. I’ve found the Gallery to be a great way to inject some diversity into my game, especially since there are so many incredibly talented creators out there whose content is just begging to be downloaded and added to my game.

Screenshot of a player house in The Sims 4
The Fogel family lives at 2B Jasmine Suites — a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in San Myshuno’s Spice Market district.
Screenshot by Monica H. Arbuckle

4. New Content is Continuously Added to The Sims 4

There is a constant influx of new official content. There is no doubt that The Sims franchise is a money-making machine, especially with the rate at which new Expansions and Stuff Packs are released. Many fans agree that the base game is rather sparse, but EA has released a steady stream of new content to keep active players interested and engaged, and perhaps lure inactive players back into the game.

I don’t play The Sims 4 as much as I used to when it first came out, but each new Expansion or Stuff Pack inevitably draws me back in, and I spend several happy hours re-discovering my love for the game. It never fails.

5. The Sims 4 Community Keeps Things Fresh

There is a dynamic Sims 4 community on YouTube and Twitch that is constantly pumping out game-related content to eager audiences all over the world. I have spent many hours watching streamers like HollieBB and LaurenzSide on Twitch or on YouTube, getting my gaming fix even while I’m supposed to be doing other things, like working. (It’s a good thing I’m self-employed!)

There are a lot of Sims 4 streamers out there. Don’t forget to like, follow, and subscribe to your favorite streamer’s channel. Remember, they have to make a living too.

There are probably dozens of other reasons why The Sims 4 is such a great game, but after talking about it, all I want to do is get in there and play it. I highly recommend you give it a try if you haven’t already. Believe me, you haven’t lived until you’ve heard Katy Perry singing “Last Friday Night” in Simlish.