The Sims 4 is a comprehensive life simulator. It covers all the basic necessities of a comfortable life, along with a wide range of professions. The game’s extensive DLC library extends the possibilities even further. With expansions, you can send your Sims to college or high school or help them become celebrities. You can even transform them into supernatural creatures like vampires or werewolves. As extensive as the content in The Sims 4 is, however, it’s still a decidedly family-friendly game. The title’s handling of adult content (like the infamous “WooHoo” activity) is still mild enough to earn it a T for Teen rating from the ESRB. If you want things to get truly dark for your Sims, you’ll have to look elsewhere. That’s where the Life Tragedies mod, created by modder Sacrificial, comes in.
The Sims 4 has a vibrant modding community. In the nearly ten years since the game launched, hardworking modders have produced several prominent mods that are indispensable for the dedicated Sims 4 fan. These mods range from enhancing the UI for creating Sims to adding a ton of new content to explore. Some mods even add or improve interactions between Sims, deepening relatively underdeveloped mechanics to make them more enjoyable and immersive. The Sims 4 Life Tragedies mod is another one that focuses on new interactions, but with a decidedly dark twist. This mod eschews the light, family-friendly vibe of the base game. Instead, it features genuinely horrible events for your Sims to suffer through, or even inflict on others.
What You Get From The Sims 4 Life Tragedies
The Sims 4 Life Tragedies mod adds a variety of shocking and life-altering events to plague your Sims’ virtual lives. At launch, the mod introduced kidnapping, armed robberies, fatal illness, and car accidents, as well as harassment by bullies. These tragedies impact both player-controlled Sims and NPCs, bringing a bit of darkness to your entire game. Later updates added a variety of serial killer NPCs, each with their own backstory, lore, and modus operandi. The mod also allows player-controlled Sims to get in on the dubious and morally bankrupt fun. At your discretion, your characters can commit murders of their very own. They can also kidnap other Sims and subject them to various tortures. You can even brainwash them in order to keep them around permanently.
This level of darkness certainly won’t appeal to everyone. Mod creator Sacrificial has even stated that the animations associated with torturing a kidnapped Sim aren’t too graphic. This is specifically because of how horrible the concept is. Fans of horror will likely find the mod quite cathartic though, especially since Jason Voorhees of the legendary Friday the 13th film franchise was added to the cast of serial killers in the mod. Most people play The Sims 4 looking for escapism, trying to build the perfect life for their beloved virtual Sims. But some people play the game looking for realism. And real life is unfortunately susceptible to tragedies and disasters of this horrifying magnitude. If you truly want your characters to struggle through the worst life has to offer, this is the mod for you.
How to Download Life Tragedies
If you want to expose your Sims 4 characters to murder and kidnapping, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your copy of the base game is updated to the latest version. Then you can download the Life Tragedies mod from Sacrificial’s website. After downloading the mod, you should extract the files in your desktop, then cut and paste the folder into the Sims 4’s mods file. This can be found under Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods. Once that’s taken care of, just make sure that both mods and script mods are enabled in the options menu of The Sims 4. You might need to restart the game after this to get everything running, but after that, the mod should be operating smoothly.
Life Tragedies does not require any add-ons to run properly, but there is additional functionality available if you have the hospital lot from the Get To Work expansion pack. This adds some interactivity to the fatal illnesses your Sims can contract, but it’s completely optional. If you have any older versions of the mod installed on your computer, you should make sure to delete those before you start installing the new one. Sacrificial has a history of updating their mods constantly with new content, so you should be sure to check back regularly to see if there’s any new content.