We’re back! Kicking off the new year with a brand new game in our ‘Top Mods’ series. This year we’ll be doing a variety of new games. Any fan favourite games/ series we will make a regular thing. For example; our Top 5 on Skyrim and Fallout have been well received by you guys so we will be regularly updating them.
So Minecraft, probably one of the most modded games of all time, you can literally find a mod for just about anything these days, although the modding scene isn’t anywhere near as much like a behemoth as it used to be, it’s still got a wealthy selection of great mods for people like me and you to sink our teeth into!
Optifine is probably as old as the Minecraft modding community! Releasing way back in 2011. This mod has been a hit with the community every since. It really is a versatile mod, offering multiple features.
Optifine was a need for players to view each other’s capes. You could get the capes from attending Minecraft events such as Minecon. Optifine also makes the performance of your game buttery smooth. This isn’t as noticeable on higher-end systems yet it is still a present feature. However, on lower-end budget PC’s that would usually struggle to run the game with decent framerate, Optifine can be a lifesaver. Speaking from experience, this mod got me from a measly 12fps all the way to 40fps back in the day on my old laptop.
What else does Optifine offer? Well endless amounts of customisation! You are able to crank your render distance up to a setting called ‘Extreme ++’ this is 32 chunks compared to the max setting in Vanilla Minecraft which is 16 chunks! You are also able to use features such as Ambient Occlusion and Anti Aliasing.
2. NEI / Not Enough Items
Not Enough Items Mod is a mod that pretty much everyone knows or has used by now. It’s easily one of the most popular mods within Minecraft existence. If you remember back in the day before this mod took gamers by storm we were stuck using the classic ‘Too Many Items’ this is essentially got the same concept as NEI however it is way too primitive in the modern-day. Also, Minecraft introduction of the creative mode kinda made that mod obsolete. Yes! Some of you may be too young to remember that creative mode hasn’t always been a part of Minecraft and even though today it’s just one of the many core concepts of the game that comes so naturally, you wouldn’t even think twice about a time when it didn’t exist.
Well yeah, back in the day you had to install mods such as TMI to spawn in any item/ building material or you simply had to mine it. Well, what does NEI do if creative mode exists? Well, it’s not just used for spawning in items although it’s actually more precise and easier to use with its custom GUI than Minecraft’s vanilla creative mode.
NEI has a built-in function that allows players to see crafting recipes for any items that they want to build. It also has a search feature as well. This is really useful when you want to quickly craft something in-game and do not want to tab out to google it. I’m aware that Minecraft has a recipe book built-in nowadays but NEI will always hold a place in the community’s heart and it’s way more streamlined that the Minecraft version.
3. Mo' Creatures
Mo’Creatures is another mod that is as old as the game itself (Near enough…). Yeah, that’s right this classic mod has been gracing the Minecraft forums for about a decade now. It’s really hard to say much about this mod because it really is what it says on the tin.
Have you ever thought that your Minecraft world was missing something? Yeah, I mean there’s pigs, sheep, cows, chickens and some scaries that come out at night but in essence, there really isn’t a threat to braving the world like the survivor that you are is there?
Well, that’s where Mo’ Creatures comes in. It adds a huge amount of new mobs that will spruce up any world that you want to survive in. Adding biome specific mobs such as Elephants, Deer, Birds, Bunnies, Butterflies, Maggots, Manta Rays and many, many more! This mod doesn’t stop there, however. As I said previously, there really isn’t much of a threat in the day time as you can go about as you please, well this mod changes that.
With the introduction of new hostile mobs such as Lions, Cheetahs, Pumas, Crocodiles, Wyverns, Rats, Werewolves and wild wolves. Yeah, this mod really does have it all. I haven’t even scratched the surface of how many new mobs that this mod actually adds, if you want to try it for yourself then press the button below.
4. Minecraft Comes Alive
Everything that the villages within Minecraft are mundane, boring and a bit uninspiring? Yeah well so does everyone else. Although I have to admit recent updates to the game have kind of solved this problem in a way, I still haven’t gotten over that the villagers in Minecraft are weird creatures and not humans.
I miss the days of the Millinere mod. That mod was the original villages mod for Minecraft before they added them to the vanilla game. Well, Minecraft Comes Alive adds human villagers into the villages of the game. All of them having different roles, jobs, and abilities essential to the village as a whole. There are also children, who will attend school till they graduate and receive a profession.
This mod isn’t just a villager overhaul for that stuff, however! It allows the player to marry a spouse, start a family and have children of their own. Yes, that’s right the player can now marry a husband or wife. This mod still gets updated so go check it out it can be really immersive.
5. The Aether
The Aether mod really took the Minecraft community by storm. Releasing way back in July of 2012, this mod pathed the way for truly large scale projects and was the original father of huge scaled other dimension mods. For a very long time, the Minecraft modding community was pretty scattered and basic. We had some good mods but in this state, the community didn’t have large scale dev teams who were passionate about creating mods that were worthy of the title, DLC.
Well, the Aether mod changed that and set the industry standard. It introduced a whole new dimension named, ‘The Aether’. It’s designed to be the opposite of the ‘Nether’ dimension. Back then the End just didn’t exist and the Nether was just outright boring beyond going to collect glowstone.
So when the Aether added a new portal, new mobs and dungeon styled missions it was a real refreshing feeling to the combat system and the point of your Minecraft world.
What did you think of this month’s selection for Minecraft? If you liked them, then please leave a comment down below. Have you used them before? Have I missed anything that you think should have made the list? Feedback is always welcome.
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