Ever wish Minecraft was more realistic? Mods of this nature have been done before, but Eria8 takes an interesting and well-devised stab at the genre with the Minecraft Realism Mod.
Some may argue that the fun of a video game comes from its abstract concepts and ability to remove the player from reality. Minecraft already has some real-life elements in it, ranging from basic concepts like hunger and durability to more meta-concepts such as resource management and design principles.
If you are like me, you have definitely noticed a lapse in the realism of vanilla Minecraft in certain areas, many of which are covered by Eria8. For example – how is it possible to destroy so many blocks of stone and iron ore with a pickaxe made out of oak wood? Last time I checked, stone was much harder than oak.
Well – no more wooden pickaxes here! In fact, the only remaining wooden tools are swords and shovels. Pickaxes can also be made of iron or diamond, but not wood, stone, or gold. I find this to be a bit excessive, as stone tools are entirely feasible, but it is a minor gripe. Other tools still have stone versions, and emerald versions of each tool are introduced.
Some brand new tools are introduced, such as the saw. This is a more efficient version of the axe which must be crafted with redstone batteries and saw blades:
It is also worth noting that all tools now require tool rods instead of just sticks. There are many other areas of this mod for you to explore – give it a download and see for yourself. It is in active development and will include more realistic content as time goes on.
How to install Minecraft Realism Mod for Minecraft 1.7.10
Download and install Minecraft Forge mod loader
Download the latest version of Minecraft Realism Mod.
Hold Windows key and press R to open the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Enter %appdata% and navigate to your .minecraft/mods folder.
Drag and drop the .zip file downloaded in step 2 into this folder.
The Minecraft Realism Mod changes the basic Minecraft experience; some will love it, others may not. Leave your opinion of it in the comments below, as well as any new “realistic” features you’d like to see!