If you dig deep enough, you can find Minecraft resource packs that make it look like a whole different game. While the vast majority of them focus on texture resolution and details, lighting is rarely touched. For better lighting, sky, and cloud textures, you need to look at shader packs. The problem that shader packs pose is that they can be very taxing when it comes to game performance. Vanilla Minecraft can run smoothly on old computers but when you add a shader pack to the mix, it can cripple your FPS. The solution comes in the form of a texture pack that aims to mimic or emulate shader-pack features. Additional Realism resource pack aims to achieve this goal and manages to do a reasonably good job. Additional Realism resource pack was developed by user DigitalAmbition. Released in May 2022, the resource pack received several updates. Since it does not introduce many new textures, it does not require frequent updates and bug fixes. While Additional Realism is considered a simple resource pack, the developer does have other projects under his belt. The improved sky is the most striking improvement that comes with the Additional Realism texture pack. Unlike the classic boxy clouds in vanilla, Additional Realism introduces clouds that are layered, smooth, and more realistic. Gone are the pixilation and cartoonish sky. Having improved clouds does not mean much without the improved Sun and Moon textures. Light from the Sun is now more realistic with proper light diffusion and flares. The moon on the other hand received a new texture which is the way the real moon looks like. Besides the improvements made to the sky, the Additional Realism resource pack also improves water texture and reflections. While it may not be perfect, it certainly looks considerably better than in vanilla. Lastly, Additional Realism takes a shot at shadows and lighting from things such as torches, fire, and other sources. Shadows have been smoothened out with no more pixilation and projected shapes that resemble the objects that cast the shadow.
According to the developer himself, the resource pack considerably improves lightmap and shadows when compared side by side with vanilla. What has not been touched by Additional Realism is the player inventory, crafting menu, block textures and player HUD. These remain the same as they are in Vanilla. This means that the Additional Realism can work with other resource packs as well. Also, no other texture in the game has been touched. The resource pack does not increase the texture resolution of blocks and only touches, shadows, lighting, and sky textures. Also, unlike a regular shader pack, Additional Realism does not introduce any kind of motion blur or foggy visuals when looking at long-distance objects. Right off the bat, it is important to note that Additional Realism is not a shader pack but attempts to mimic one. This means that you get most of the visual benefits of a shader pack without installing one. The advantage is that shader packs are very taxing in terms of game performance. In contrast, the Additional Realism resource pack offers better game performance while getting almost the same visual improvements. This makes it a PVP-friendly resource pack. Also, it can be installed alongside other resource packs. One important aspect to note is that the Additional Realism resource pack comes in two versions. There is a free version that anyone can get and a paid one. The free version offers the above-mentioned visual improvement but with less visual fidelity. What you get is a bit of pixilation. The Sun, clouds, moon, and shadows are noticeably more pixilated but still better than in vanilla. If you get the paid version, you get fully smoothed-out textures. Ideally, you would want to try the free version first before deciding if you want to spend money on the full version of the Additional Realism resource pack. Installation of the resource pack requires Optifine . It cannot be installed manually because it requires access to special features of Optifine.
Additional Realism should be compatible with all of these Minecraft versions: 1.20.2 - 1.20.1 - 1.20 - 1.19.4 - 1.19.3 - 1.19.2 - 1.19.1 - 1.19 - 1.18.2 - 1.18.1 - 1.18 - 1.17.1 - 1.17
Additional Realism — Video & Screenshots
How to install Additional Realism Resource Pack:
- Most resource packs require Optifine, so be sure to download and install it. – general recommended step for all packs, Optifine is also needed for most shaders
- Download the Additional Realism texture pack for Minecraft from the download section below. – if there are many different versions, just choose the one you like, is compatible with your version/edition of Minecraft, the one you think your computer can handle in terms of performance.
- Launch the game client through the Minecraft launcher.
- On the main menu, click "Options".
- On the options menu, click "Resource Packs...".
- Click on "Open Resource Pack Folder". – folder titled "resourcepacks" will pop up
- Move the .zip file you downloaded in the first step to the newly opened "resourcepacks" folder.
- Click "Done".
- Click on "Resource Packs..." again.
- Your pack should have appeared in the left window, just hover over it and click on the arrow pointing to the right.
QUICK TIP: Sometimes, when activating a pack, the game may say that the pack is made for a newer or older version of Minecraft. This is just a warning, it does not affect your gameplay in anyway, and you can still activate and enjoy the pack by simply clicking the "Yes" button when prompted.
- Click "Done" again.
- The pack has now been successfully loaded and ready to be used in your world!
View detailed changelog for update 7.1E
– Minecraft 1.20 compatibility update
View detailed changelog for update 7E
– Color and saturation changes
– Lightmap adjustment – light sources generate a bit more light
– Particle adjustment – snowflakes are now smaller and look better
– Better integration of sun texture onto the sky textures
– Introducing powder snow outline texture
– Introducing entity shadow
– Introducing vignette
Difference between versions:
- Lite version – downscaled version of the full pack. Contains all the features of a full pack, but with lower texture resolution.
- Demo version – contains a few things and features from the full pack so you can try out the resource pack and decide if it’s worth your money;
- Full version – as the name suggests, this is the full version with all features and textures;
Additional Realism Texture Pack Download
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[Lite] [1.20.x – 1.17.x] Download Additional Realism Resource Pack – absolutely free;
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