This isn’t the greatest mod of all time. This is a preview of what could be the greatest Minecraft mod of all time, a mod that will turn Minecraft dark and evil and nefarious and make it far more interesting, in a scream all you want but nobody can hear you sort of way. This is one of the mods I’ve been waiting for with great anticipation, so nobody, nobody was more excited than I when Evil Notch announced that this preview mod with some evil features was available for download.
Steelfeathers has created an Assassin’s Creed style texture pack that captures the spirit of Renaissance Italy in a way that will make you feel like pushing your way through crowds of people, shoulder barging them at every opportunity you get. Let me ruin the dramatic tension right at the beginning by saying this is an awesome texture pack and you should definitely download it.
You know what would potentially be quite awesome? Hand painted texture packs. I’ve reviewed a rather good one called Ovo’s Rustic Pack in the past, but this is another one – an entirely separate one and it’s going to get its own review. SRD’s HD Hand Painted Texture Pack is rather a hit and miss texture pack. The hits will blow your mind with their originality, the misses will make you screw up your face in a way that is frankly quite dangerous. If the wind changes, all our careers as international supermodels are over.
For quite some time, the accepted normal pixel cap for Minecraft texture packs was 256 x 256. But boundaries love to be pushed and now there are several 512 x 512 texture packs floating about the place inspiring envy and locking up people’s computers.
An amazing HD texture pack, Sphax’s PureBDCraft (henceforth referred to only as ‘Sphax’ because the rest is a mouthful) makes Minecraft gorgeous. In fact, if I didn’t tell you that the screenshots you’re about to check out were Minecraft screenshots, you’d sometimes be hard pressed to see that they weren’t stills from an animation or pages from a comic book, or perhaps screenshots from another game entirely – and that, my friends, is a sign of a very well made texture pack.
A native hi-res HD texture pack at a whopping 128 pixels, Ianska’s HD Minecraft texture pack is one of my recent favorites because it has a very bright feel to it and stays rather true to the original appearance of Minecraft. In other words, it uses the extra pixels for good, not evil.
1.7 compatible, realistically artistic, Drasavil is made by a, and I quote, ‘real life digital art and entertainment designer’, and it shows. It’s a work in progress, but not in the way many Minecraft texture packs are in progress, where half the textures aren’t done. Sleek is a good word to describe it, although that puts me in mind of a Ferrari. Perhaps that is not such a bad analogy. Perhaps Drasavil is the Ferarri of Minecraft texture packs.
Another update, another round of broken texture packs. Here are a few compatible with the latest update, for those of us who want to claw our eyes out when we see default textures.
First of all, here’s your HD Patcher Fix for those hi-res texture packs.
128 x, 64 x
BorderCraft Borderlands style texture pack. Awesome.
Basico Hi-Res, yet simple.
DokuCraft An RPG style texture pack.
Last Days Post Apocalyptic world of doom texture pack.
Lost Valley A jungle themed texture pack.
Another day, another Doku, that’s how it seems sometimes with Minecraft texture packs. Jadoku is the most recent incarnation on the Doku theme, and it’s proving rather popular so I figured I’d go ahead and review it for the tired and jaded amongst us. This texture pack does its best to fit with the original Doku RPG style texture pack, which is no longer being developed.
The Evil Minecraft Texture pack is a just barely HD texture pack created to compliment the Evil Minecraft mod. It changes the appearance of the Minecraft terrain and world quite vastly, and by vastly I mean that after you install this texture pack you can expect to see it rain blood. Dramatic enough for you?