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Green-fingered Minecraft modder makes all the plants look nicer

Plants before and after a Minecraft texture pack is applied.
(Image credit: Mojang)
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Minecraft's aesthetic is always an interesting topic: Simplistic and rudimentary in some ways, arguably even ugly at points, yet capable of producing some of the greatest visual spectacles in gaming. Oft-imitated but never bettered, the flexibility of its style can be almost impressionistic at times, its rudimentary shapes building into truly evocative landscapes.

The plants can look a bit crap though. The Minecraft modder Dark Storm clearly thinks along similar lines, as they've been working on a newly released pack called the Nature Revamp, which as the name suggests focuses on making all of the world's plant life and fungi a little bit nicer.

The mod can be downloaded here (Java edition only) and includes visual overhauls for pretty much everything you'd expect: flowers, mushrooms, vines, saplings, carrots, lilypads, lichen, blossoms and 'dead bush' whatever that is. The particularly horticultural among you may notice the absence of kelp, which is a frustration for Dark Storm: "I'd like to do kelp but since it's an animated texture I gotta figure out if I can make it work as a model first."

This will be a fine addition to our curated list of the best Minecraft mods around , even if it's not quite as exciting as adding hydras and death worms.

Rich Stanton

Rich is a games journalist with 15 years' experience, beginning his career on Edge magazine before working for a wide range of outlets, including Ars Technica, Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, Gamespot, the Guardian, IGN, the New Statesman, Polygon, and Vice. He was the editor of Kotaku UK, the UK arm of Kotaku, for three years before joining PC Gamer. He is the author of a Brief History of Video Games, a full history of the medium, which the Midwest Book Review described as "[a] must-read for serious minded game historians and curious video game connoisseurs alike."