Minecraft needs no introduction: it is without a doubt the most popular sandbox ever today, which has managed to unite millions of players of any age on a single platform. The game now carries more than ten on its shoulders, but continues to be constantly updated with the implementation of fresh and innovative new content. Despite this, however, it must be admitted that the mods created by the community for the game of cubes are a very important addition to the gaming experience, and it can almost be said that some of these can be safely defined as essential to make your game as enjoyable as possible.
Precisely regarding this, in this article we wanted to make a small list of some of the most important mods for those who love Minecraft, but at the same time would also like something more from the game, without going to change the original experience too much. In the following paragraphs, in fact, you will find mods whose purpose is simply to improve the title on several fronts, in order to make it even more “perfect” than it already was.
Before proceeding, if you need instructions to install mods on Minecraft you can consult our special guide.
# 1 – OptiFine
Among the most essential Minecraft mods ever, we cannot fail to mention the OptiFine. Available for both Forge and Fabric (although not officially), this add-on will go to drastically improve the performance of your PC during your games in the sandbox. What this mod does is add several new settings to manipulate as you see fit, and each of these will take the gaming experience to a whole other level.
First, the OptiFine implements many within the title settings relating to graphics. It allows, for example, to reduce the details of specific elements of the game to facilitate the performance of our PC, but it can also do the exact opposite, that is to improve certain elements such as snow or grass (at the cost of the performance of our machine. , obviously). There are also further settings for the elements in the distance and, more importantly, a list of animations where you can decide which ones to keep active and which not, for greater fluidity during your game.
There are also some settings to customize the contents visible on the screen, set the stop time to night or day, auto-save and much more. The most appreciated function is undoubtedly that ofdynamic lighting, which makes it possible that objects that usually emit light when placed, can also do so when they are in the player’s hand, or on the ground in the form of a drop. It would be worth installing this mod even just for this last feature, which saves industrial quantities of flashlights to players while exploring dark places.
# 2 – Just Enough Items
Just Enough Items is undoubtedly the most useful mod for novice players, but also for the more veterans who may not remember any crafting. In general, it is great for anyone who doesn’t want to constantly jump between Minecraft and the wiki in search of recipes for creating certain items. The add-on, available only for Forge (for Fabric there is an excellent alternative called Roughly Enough Items), adds a list containing all the objects in the game, and it is possible to interact with each of them to get more information regard.
For example, if you don’t know the crafting of a certain object, or you simply don’t remember it, with this mod you just need to open the inventory and search for it through the appropriate list, and then view the recipe by simply pressing the R key on it. In addition, pressing U is also possible view all the uses that a particular object can haveregarding not only its use in different crafting recipes, but also the exact amount of fuel it can possibly supply in a furnace, the specific spells it can be modified with, and other options.
The mod is therefore an excellent ally for players to maintain the experience within the game without the need to “move” elsewhere to search for information on the web when you have forgotten ones. And especially excellent for users who approach the game for the first time and they do not know exactly which direction to move, which in this way instead have many more points of reference.
# 3 – AppleSkin
Similarly to the previous mod, AppleSkin implements some basic “hidden” elements in the game, especially useful for survival. The add-on is available for Forge and Fabric, and mainly affects the the player’s hunger bar. In fact, a bar will appear that will show how much is missing to lose the hunger points. Furthermore, when this is full, a kind of aura will appear on the legs that will indicate the remaining “time” before hunger begins to wear out.
Obviously the mod also works on objects that the player can eat. All of these, in fact, will show the precise legs that they will recover, so you know what kind of food to take with you and consume so as not to waste it. This is especially essential in the first moments of the game, when there is still no stable method to recover food, but also for the less experienced who simply need to know how hungry each food restores.
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# 4 – JourneyMap
JourneyMap is undoubtedly among the best mods to choose to facilitate exploration. In fact, as the name suggests, this add-on (available on Forge and Fabric) implements a minimap within the game that allows us to view our surroundings with an overhead view. The advantages of this mod are therefore many: being able to know what’s around us helps enormously with exploration, almost completely removing the possibility of getting lost or wandering aimlessly for thousands of cubes.
The mod is not limited to just showing us the blocks around us: it can, in fact, also be displayed animals, mobs and villagers, and each of these options can be activated or deactivated at will. You can also view one underground mapwhich shows us the systems of caves located in the subsoil, therefore very useful for the search for underground structures, to name one.
The strong point of this mod undoubtedly concerns the points of interest. In fact, it is possible to add brands in any place you want, so that you can come back, for example, at a later time. This is an extremely useful feature, which allows us to delve into our world and fully discover everything it has to offer without leaving anything behind.
# 5 – Shaders
For the Shaders there would be more to open than a simple separate chapter. Surely any Minecraft player has heard of them at least once, but if not, the Shaders are one very substantial changes to the graphics that usually go to make the game images extremely realistic, often making the visual unrecognizable from the base game. Their purpose is to transform the cube sandbox into something much closer to our reality, in order to make the experience not only more immersive, but also more beautiful to behold.
There are now a huge amount of Shaders, so much so that there is plenty of choice. There is not necessarily one better than another, as it is a more subjective discourse. In fact, to choose the most suitable Shader package, our advice is simply to browse through the available options and find the one that suits you best. Many of these in fact offer very different experiences from each other, so you just need to go for the one that best reflects the graphics you are looking for.
Before proceeding, keep in mind that Shaders often have very high system requirements, depending on the type of changes they are going to make to the game. Before downloading them, therefore, we recommend that you check that your PC can actually handle them, to avoid running into unwanted problems.