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Basic & Fundamental Improvement Mods for SimCity 4?
I know I have seen this discussed here before, many times in fact. But the Google overwhelmed my senses.

I am considering to come back playing SimCity 4. I want to get a good idea of the "must have" mods. I'm not looking for anything crazy, but eagerly looking for a "must have" mods.

I need nothing like crazy ones, just mods that will improve and correct fundamental imbalances in the game, things that take major weaknesses and make the game drastically better, etc. Not things that cause it to be set on Mars or ♥♥♥♥ like that.

I know about Simtropolis and other places to look into, but I'm more specifically looking for the names of mods that make you can't play SC4 without it.

Something that works similarly as SPAM, NAM, CAM, etc. You get the point, things that fix and improve the gameplay.

Cheers, help this fella will ya? :mug::squirtyay:
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Morkonan Feb 5, 2015 @ 10:16am 
NAM, of course, is a necessary mod, even if you only choose to install the much improved pathing algorithms for Sims. Without that improved pathfinding, creating large productive cities is next to impossible with default Maxis pathing.

Also a practical necessity is the IH-Jobfix mod: http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/22771-ih-missing-jobs-fix-update/ This fixes the missing High Wealth jobs found in many/most IH plots. Without it, Sims can't find enough High Wealth jobs in Industry.

Another must-have mod is simply a convenience tool: Extra-Cheats Plugin - http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/21118-simcity-4-extra-cheats-plugin/ It's a .dll that you place in your main SC4 directory that allows an easy right-click drop-down box for your cheat menu. However, there are cheats in there that can cause extreme issues, so only use certain ones with caution. (There's a list with the troublesome cheats noted.)

I haven't tried it yet, but really want to.. :) It's the Census Repository Mod: http://sc4devotion.com/forums/index.php?topic=6095.0

It has several dependencies, I think, and I am not sure why it's constructed as it is. (Like a giant toll booth/attraction center/etc-junk that's unnecssary in my opinion.) However, the reporting features are the sorts of data summaries that are invaluable to a serious SC4 player.

Personally, I'd like to have a much more streamlined low-impact census tool with the same sort of reporting function, but without all the dependencies and such. (I really don't know much about how to work out the logistics of all those dependencies without adding lots of things I don't want to the game. If anyone knows of a "standalone" census tool that is as useful and as easy to use as this one appears to be, I'd love a reference to it!)

PS - When I first came to SC4, I created a thread just like you did. It's around here, somewhere. And, of course, plenty of others are as well. NAM and IH Jobfix are probably the two that are most often referenced. I included the Extra Cheats Plugin because it's so useful and the Census Repository for what I perceive to be an extremely useful mod as well. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread for other suggestions!
Those are neat additions, thanks a lot!
Anything else that you've not mentioned perhaps?
LordOfYoloBacons Feb 6, 2015 @ 1:27am 
Try AC Functional Airports:
http://sc4devotion.com/csxlex/lex_filedesc.php?lotGET=1664

It expands heavily on the limited airport system in the base game by adding several new airport types such as an airport bus stop or a helipad. All of them function exactly like the Maxis airport with the added bonus of dynamically upgrading based on your city's commerical traffic. Plus they look very good.

http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/7396/stg19.jpg
Dependency heavy but I think it's definitely worth a download. Hope that helps!
Last edited by LordOfYoloBacons; Feb 6, 2015 @ 1:29am
Definitely must add, thank you. Anything else that you use as "basic layer" of your modded SC4, LordofBacons?
Bushman82 Feb 6, 2015 @ 12:22pm 
The Mayor mode terraforming is a must have imo. After a bit of practice you can create perfect coastlines.

http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/20092-god-terraforming-in-mayor-mode/
Morkonan Feb 6, 2015 @ 5:59pm 
Originally posted by AFROCHAD | LOL KUNJAT:
Those are neat additions, thanks a lot!
Anything else that you've not mentioned perhaps?

Your welcome! As far as anything else, what I suggested is what I run, right now. I am hesitant to dump too many mods into my SC4 game until I know their quality and the intracacies of compatibility issues and all that sort of thing. SC4 has been around a very long time and there as many mods for it as stars in the sky... Coming back to SC4 after so long, it's really difficult to know which ones are "The Best." I hope your thread can bring some of the best ones to light!

PS - I am very hesitant to start delving into mods that have a lot of dependencies. Not knowing all the different sorts of dependencies makes installing them a bit concerning. Just like anything, it takes time to accumulate enough experience to move confidently forward.
Originally posted by Bushman82:
The Mayor mode terraforming is a must have imo. After a bit of practice you can create perfect coastlines.

http://community.simtropolis.com/files/file/20092-god-terraforming-in-mayor-mode/

Okay, I'm looking at it now.


Originally posted by Morkonan:
Originally posted by AFROCHAD | LOL KUNJAT:
Those are neat additions, thanks a lot!
Anything else that you've not mentioned perhaps?

Your welcome! As far as anything else, what I suggested is what I run, right now. I am hesitant to dump too many mods into my SC4 game until I know their quality and the intracacies of compatibility issues and all that sort of thing. SC4 has been around a very long time and there as many mods for it as stars in the sky... Coming back to SC4 after so long, it's really difficult to know which ones are "The Best." I hope your thread can bring some of the best ones to light!

PS - I am very hesitant to start delving into mods that have a lot of dependencies. Not knowing all the different sorts of dependencies makes installing them a bit concerning. Just like anything, it takes time to accumulate enough experience to move confidently forward.

Got your point. Yes pretty much like that, we don't want to pour too much in such a short time.
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Date Posted: Feb 3, 2015 @ 11:14pm
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