The minecraft sky has always been a thing of interest, if not beauty. Blocky white clouds floating in a bright blue void, interspersed with downpours of dangerously uniform rain that falls everywhere but on you. If you look up, you’ll see that the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain, but the rain in Minecraft avoids you like the plague. The Better Skies mod, on the other hand, turns the minecraft sky into a canvas worthy of Van Gough.
For those looking for a modern minecraft texture pack, one that makes the minecraft world seem like the one you see when you step out your front door or help your landlady carry out her garbage, Modern HD might just be the texture pack you’re looking for.
It’s been quite some time since I reviewed a Minecraft texture pack, let alone a 32x texture pack, but Summerfields is one of the most gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing texture packs I’ve seen in quite some time. It reminds me a great deal of JoliCraft, both were made by French designers, unless I am very much mistaken and both have a wonderful lightness of spirit, or joi de vivre that a great many players find particularly enjoyable.
Synthetic Reality is the latest in a long line of photorealistic minecraft texture packs. With so many HD photorealistic packs already out there, what does this new beast offer? I checked it out and I am now ready to report on the upsides and downsides of Synthetic Reality.
If you want to make a minecraft texture pack, but the default 16x textures aren’t enough and you want to make an HD texture pack at 32x, 64, 128, 256x or even 512x, then this article will show you how. The good news is that creating HD texture packs is easy. First of all you need to grab the terrain.png and items.png, and both of these can be found in your minecraft.jar. You’ll also need an image editing program that is capable of handling transparency in images.
If you’re planning on creating or updating a Minecraft texture pack for Minecraft 1.8, you’re going to need the terrain.png and items.png files. Here they are, courtesy of Jeb at Mojang
New in terrain.png:
Smooth stone brick + cracked and mossy variants
Melon/Pumpkin stalk (unconnected + connected)
Thin glass upper edge
City borders (will probably not be used)
New in items.png:
Bow bending states
Raw and cooked chicken
These days everything is about realism and high definition. Give me high resolution pixel reality or give me death. When it comes to Minecraft, there are several HD realistic texture packs to choose from and I’ve played pretty much all of them in my quest to review all the HD texture packs.
A nicely made HD texture pack with realistic stylings and stone walls that will make you go into a drooling trance.
From that guy who bought you LB Realism (only the most famous realistic HD minecraft texture pack) comes this RPG styled effort. It takes a lot of its design aesthetic from LB Realism, but adds an RPG twist that will appeal to anyone with RPG soul.
Smooth modern is a compilation realistic HD Minecraft texture pack that has its sights clearly set on a modern aesthetic. If you want to bring Minecraft into the 21st century, this might very well be the compilation you’re looking for.
This is a lesser known texture pack, but actually a very well done one, and it’s an excellent alternative to the LB texture packs that are so cliche right now. There’s still a touch of whimsy to this pack, but the textures are sharp and clean and it’s definitely worth a look.
Minecraft Enhanced is a very high resolution Minecraft texture pack, but it is more than that too, it is also a mod that functions something like a complete reworking of the visual settings and options associated with Minecraft. It’s Minecraft, Jim, but not as we know it.
One of the best realistic HD Minecraft texture packs at the ‘lower’ end of the resolution scale, Misa’s realistic probably contains the best balance of art and realism I’ve ever seen. We all know that realistic texture packs can take their attempts at realism too far. Misa’s keeps it real, so to speak, but does so with an eye to beauty.
There’s a graphical pixel race going on in Minecraft at the moment. It seems as if everyone is fighting for more definition! More high resolution! More realism from a Minecraft texture pack! Well, we have a new contender, folks. This one’s called the Maraxos HD Realism texture pack. It’s so pretty that I took a screenshot of a stone wall and didn’t feel as if it was redundant to do so.
The man behind LB Photo Realistic Texture Pack has done it again with an HD RPG style texture pack guaranteed to satisfy people who believe that Minecraft is probably an RPG hiding in a sandbox crafting game. The aim of this texture pack, as implied by the title, is realistic RPG style graphics. How well has this aim been achieved? Well, let me just say that I’m impressed.
A contemporary, modern HD texture pack has been in demand for a long time, and finally, it has been created. For those of you who prefer a 16x default resolution texture pack, why not check out ModernCraft. For everyone else, there’s Smooth Modern, smashing through your pixels 256 at a time.