LB RPG Realism Hi Res HD Minecraft Texture Pack (64x 128x 256x 512x)
The man behind LB Photo Realistic Texture Pack has done it again with an HD RPG style texture pack guaranteed to satisfy people who believe that Minecraft is probably an RPG hiding in a sandbox crafting game. The aim of this texture pack, as inferred from the title alone, is realistic RPG style graphics. How well has this aim been achieved? Well, let me just say that I'm impressed.
I've actually been quite a detractor of these styles of texture packs in the past, but RPG Realism really caught my eye the moment Minecraft loaded. There's an earthyness and a gritty, well, realism to the whole thing that is very appealing indeed. I think anyone who enjoys an upgraded graphical experience is going to love this texture pack.
I tested the 64x version of the pack because my RAM is weak at a mere (and frankly embarrassing) 2G (it's even DDR2, which makes everything all the more shameful,) but if your RAM is better, you can go with one of the higher resolutions.
The GUI is particularly nice, especially the inventory screen, which is designed with rough metal and hewn wood. Yet the important parts of the interface, in other words, the boxes where your inventory actually sits, have been left relatively clear with what I'm going to go ahead and call a paper / parchment style, which allows you to see what you're doing whilst being immersed in the olde timey ambiance.
Water reminds me quite a lot of the Doku style packs, it is rather friendly and rippling in effect, if 'friendly' is a term that can be applied to water. I think you know what I mean though, it is water that you find yourself wanting to paddle in, whilst not being afraid of whatever the depths might hold. Its the sort of water that lulls you into a false sense of security.
I'm a wild fan of the cobblestone texture, that really is very realistic indeed, and fences and other woods that use the wood plank texture have a very pleasing weathered effect to them, they're grey rather than brown, like untreated wood that has been left to the mercy of the elements, which is a very nice touch indeed. Brick is good of course, (pretty much all the LB brick is great).
This is still a WIP, so it's not entirely finished, but it is more than finished enough to be worth a download. We could be looking at the next big thing in Minecraft texture packs here.
(Yes, this is the same link as the original LB Photo Realism, downloads for the RPG realism texture pack are in the same post. Scroll until you find it.)