Realistic texture packs generally are not my cup of java, but this one is so well-done that I had to share it with all of you wonderful Minecraftians. Allow me to introduce BackyardCraft, by TheAwesomeKielbasa!
Let me start with some technical details. This pack is an ideal 256×256 resolution. I feel that this resolution is the “sweet spot” between high quality and reasonable technical demands. Anything higher begins to put too much of a strain on even the best of modern computers, while anything lower makes the notion of realism become questionable.
Moving on: this is a photo-realistic texture pack. That means simply that the creator used actual photos from real life to create the textures you see in-game. This is the reason for having such high resolution, as naturally photos need more pixels to convey the same amount of detail in-game.
Grass, which is one of the most often encountered blocks in the game, is undoubtedly the best part of this pack. This grass looks completely believable, partially thanks to its easily tileable nature. The trees still look a little awkward, but this is through no fault of the creator – it is simply due to the way in which they are spawned in-game.
The second most often encountered block is cobblestone. Take a look at this fantastic looking screenshot of one of Steve’s (Alex’s?) mining expeditions:
I am left speechless at how great this looks. The cobblestone arguably should appear a bit more rough, but the wood, fence, crafting table, furnace, and even torch blocks all render incredibly.
My only complaint as of right now is the presentation of ore in this pack:
It just looks unnatural and does not fit with the cleanliness and polished feeling of the rest of the texture pack. I am sure the ores will be improved in the future.
There are of course plenty of other textures to see in-game, but I will not spoil the surprise for you. If you are looking for a hint of realism in your Minecraft experience, give this texture pack a download!
Altogether, I award this pack nine out of ten stock photos. One point is docked for ore textures, and many points are given for striking a good balance between resolution and performance.
Installing BackyardCraft Texture Pack for Minecraft 1.8
Download the latest version of the texture pack here.
Click on Texture Packs (or Options > Texture Packs).
Click Open Texture Pack Folder OR press WindowsKey+R and type %appdata%\.minecraft\texturepacks
Place the texture pack in this folder and wait until it shows up in your client.
Select the texture pack and click done.
There are many “realism” texture and resource packs available. If you are into photorealism in Minecraft, which one is your favorite and why? Post a comment below and let me know!