Minecraft texture packs can completely change the look and feel of the game. Some texture packs create an x-ray effect over your Minecraft landscapes, while others simply remake the vanilla textures to a higher resolution.
The recently-released SixtyGig texture pack blends vanilla Minecraft textures with a new cartoony concept to create something very cool. The creator of the texture pack calls it a ‘semi-faithful’ texture pack due to its semi-faithfulness to the game’s original style. Here’s how he describes it:
“If you pay close attention to my textures, you’ll notice I almost always use the same base colors and shapes of the original vanilla textures, only deviating where allowed without breaking he ultimate feel of Minecraft. A good example would be textures with very distinctive shapes like planks, chests, doors and bricks will retain their original shape/form, just redrawn into my art style.”
What is that art style, exactly? The art style was drawn from scratch by the texture pack’s creator, Rayvolution, using PhotoShop. All textures are raster graphics as opposed to vector graphics. The ultimate goal of the texture pack is to have nine variations of every single block in the game, which would certainly create some variety in the world.
The texture pack is best described as a blend between vanilla Minecraft and a cartoonish style. But the cartoonish style is done exceptionally well and creates an interesting, almost playful effect in your Minecraft world. Since the textures feature a resolution of 64×64, they also provide a graphics boost over vanilla Minecraft textures.
Water looks better. Terrain looks better. Skies look better. And all of the items and blocks that have currently been skinned look better.
Since the texture pack is relatively new, it’s only about halfway finished. Rayvolution says his first priority is to create textures for in-world objects before moving on to particles, GUI, items, mobs, and armor (in that order). If you like the style of the texture pack, you can download it today to check it out. But if you’d rather wait to see the final efforts of the project, then maybe wait a bit longer.
As it stands now, the SixtyGig Texture Pack has been downloaded nearly 200,000 times. It’s set to be one of the most popular Minecraft texture packs once it’s complete, and I can’t wait to see what the final version looks like. If you want to try out SixtyGig today, follow the easy installation instructions below.
How to install SixtyGig Texture Pack for Minecraft 1.6.4/1.7.2/1.7.4/1.7.5
Step 1) Download and install MCPatcher with all default mods selected in order to enjoy the full features of the SixtyGig texture pack (not required but certainly recommended)
Step 3) The mod can be installed via the Curse Client or…
Step 4) Install the texture pack by running Minecraft, clicking the Texture Packs button, clicking Open Texture Pack Folder and then dragging and dropping the SixtyGig .zip folder into that folder
Step 5) Start playing and enjoy!