Hi/Low Hybrid HD Minecraft Texture Pack (256 x 256, 128 x 128, 64 x 64)
Love the default textures, but really wish that they incorporated more pixels? The Hi/Low Hybrid texture pack is the texture pack for you. I have already intrepidly play tested it and will now share the results of my findings with you.
The first thing you'll notice (or rather, not notice) about this texture pack is the fact that, from a distance at least, the game looks as if you're simply running the default textures. The higher resolution makes no difference at all in blocks more than 2 - 3 meters away. (Where one block is a Minecraft meter.)
This is a subtle pack designed for those who can appreciate the value of nuance. Wooden doors appear much more realistic with this pack because of the faint wood grain pattern that reminds me of the callow days of my youth, where wood grain doors always looked like there was somebody trapped inside them. If I'd been more religiously inclined, it could have been Jesus.
Blocks like sandstone and sand have a genuinely sandy appearance in this texture pack. Get close enough and you can almost taste the grit. Unfortunately, grass has a similar grit effect, which I found personally offputting. Grass is never dotty in real life, and dirt is only rarely so. Still, this is a texture pack work in progress and perhaps the creator will re-evaluate their take on the grassy arts.
Saplings, usually overlooked almost entirely in most texture packs, look wonderful in this one. There is a pleasing woodyness to their stems and their leaves boast two textures. Two whole textures for the price of one. Lovely.
The GUI takes on the appearance of brushed steel, which I rather like. I always found that smooth gray background somewhat disconcerting, like an overcast day in the middle of summer.
Smoothstone looks quite wonderful. It is smooth, but it also boasts the beginning signs of stress fractures. Cobblestone, on the other hand, was always intended to make your eyes want to melt in fire and not much has changed with this texture pack. It has smoothed out some of the aggressive grey on black textures, but not by all that much.
Cactus, for a reason best known to this texture pack's creator, has similar cracking to smoothstone / cobblestone. As plants don't usually sit around looking like they're about to crumble into a thousand pieces, I found this artistic choice disturbing.
In conclusion, you may very well enjoy this texture pack if you just love the heck out of anything Hi-Res. Personally I found that ubiquitous grainy grass made my eyes hurt. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot to like about this pack and if you've been searching high and low for a higher resolution version of the default textures, then this may very well be the texture pack of your dreams.
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