Posted: Aug 3, 2022 in Minecraft
By Kevin Lott
Over the years, Minecraft has established its flagship gamemode: Survival. The relatively trivial test of skill that requires its players to gather resources and fend off hostile monsters during the night. This lovely blocky experience has established itself as the most popular game by making a gameplay loop that many can come to rely on to never change, despite the ever growing updates and additions. At its core, Minecraft creates an environment where you survive. So today, we’re going to go over some of the best mods that will amplify the survival experience. Whether it be by reworking the food system, or adding entirely new challenges, there’s tons of cool community made content. Let’s begin!
This list is in no particular order, but I do believe that these mods are the standout best examples of mods made specifically to enhance survival mode.
Pam’s Harvestcraft – This mod changes the vanilla food restoration values in an attempt to encourage players to eat more than cooked pork or beef. Although it is configurable, the mod adds a plethora of new food, seasons that affect crop rotation, a total re-balancing of food, new blocks, and more! This mod is the ultimate food mod, and with high configurability and lots of content, it’s great!
Waystones – This mod adds Waystone blocks that players can return to once they’ve been activated, either through a Warp Scroll, a rechargeable Warp Stone, or by using an existing Waystone. If you’ve ever wanted to make world traversal much more intuitive, but felt that /tp was just not thematically appropriate for your world, Waystones are an incredibly creative alternative. They require real work and time investment to get working, but they add flair and genuine functionality to your world. They even work across dimensions!
Biomes O’ Plenty – This mod is an expansive biome mod that adds a slew of new, unique biomes to the Overworld and Nether! The mod also includes new plants, flowers, trees, building blocks, and much more! Who am I kidding, this mod doesn’t even need an introduction. Through sheer act of being one of the best mods of all time, this mod has become a household name in the Minecraft community. Your world will never look boring again, and you’ll find it difficult to see the same biomes near each other due to the dozens of newly added biomes. Superb mod!
Mouse Tweaks – This mod replaces the standard RMB dragging mechanics, adds two new LMB dragging mechanics and an ability to quickly move items with the scroll wheel. RMB Tweaks, Wheel Tweaks, configuration options, customizability, this mod pretty much has it all. While it isn’t as flashy as the other mods on our list, this mod just makes inventory and storage management that much easier. So easy in fact, that over one hundred million people have downloaded it! Crazy!
Hwyla – This mod is a fork of WAILA, an old mod which had the same functionality. Essentially, the name is an acronym that stands for ‘Here’s What You’re Looking At’ and the mod pretty much personifies this statement. Words will appear on your screen in the form of an information box to show you exactly what you’re looking at, and where it originates. For example, if I look at a unique crop from Pam’s Harvestcraft, it will tell me what the crop is and what mod it is from. If I look at Cobblestone, it will tell me it is Cobblestone and that it is a Vanilla block. So intuitive!
Dynamic Surroundings – This mod alters the player’s visual and audible experience in Minecraft, and does not alter game mechanics. The player has a high degree of control over their experience. The basics of this mod is that it adds audio and visuals that the game doesn’t have to enhance your survival experience. Enhanced Sound processing, Biome sounds, Waterfall effects, new thunder, and much more!
If you would like to download and play with any of these mods, check out our guide on how to do so here!
That’s the list! In summary, all of these mods are absolutely amazing and are sure to enhance your survival experience. Whether it be through adding in unique sounds and visuals, or just changing the inventory management bindings, they all either make life easier or add bonds of unique content. In any case, I hope you found some mods that you can enjoy, and have a great day!