Minecraft is the current Marmite of games (you probably have to be a Brit to get that reference) basically you either love it or hate it. I have been playing with blocks since 2010, first on PC and now on PS4. There are very few other games that compel me to dig holes for hours at a time, however all this digging has a payoff, you can build whatever you like. Just like Lego the real joy of Minecraft is taking basic blocks and constructing your own unique world.
Although my efforts over the years have been unambitious (castles, underground citadels, underwater homes) others have created scale models of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Starship Enterprise. The modding community have come up with mechanics that allow you to build rockets, complicated machinery and even play in my little pony land. Entire adventure maps have been build and the ingenuity and thought that goes into some of them is staggering. Sadly consoles do not lend themselves to mods very readily and as a result we will not get to play as a colorful little horse.
What we do have though are some excellent texture packs that change the way out creations look and give extra design possibilities, there’s even one that makes things look a bit Lego!! The newest additions to the world of textures are the Minecraft Steampunk and Skyrim packs. Only 79p from PSN they add new look blocks and mobs to the party. I popped a couple of videos below that look at these packs individually.
Fus Ro Minecraft
The Skyrim texture pack allows you to create you own Eder Scrolls levels. The monsters have been re-skinned to look like the monsters from Bethesda’s massive game and the testificates (friendly people that inhabit Minecraft) have been changed to look like Orcs, Nords and Elves. Most wonderful of all is that the pack comes with the Skyrim soundtrack and I must say that was my favourite part of the game.
The Minecraft Steampunk pack is just cool. The blocks have an industrial look, trees are metallic and have cogs and gears as cross-sections, windows are portholes and torches gas lamps. The monsters have a robotic look as do the pigs, sheep and cows. There is an incredible attention to detail in the design and as a result this is now my go to pack. Pop a pumpkin on your head and try not to laugh out loud at the result!
I spoke in a previous video that I believe due to the lack of mods Minecraft has a limited appeal on console, however innovative texture pack like these will extend people’s interest for now.
Minecraft Steampunk Texture Pack
Minecraft Skyrim Texture Pack