Is This Heaven? A Look at the Aether Mod for MineCraft
Minecraft remains one of the most popular games available for avid PC gamers, and it allows them to basically build their way to success by using various blocks. The game is also enhanced by a number of add-on packs that can make things even more challenging and intriguing. One such pack is the Aether Mod for Minecraft, a heavenly new world that plays by its own rules. Avid gamers will certainly be engaged and intrigued by the Aether mod, which presents an entirely new world where nothing is quite as it seems. With plenty of fun gameplay, and a whole new world of possibilities, the mod will be a great addition to virtually any existing installation of Minecraft itself. Combine it with other mods like the Optifine mod and you truely will feel like in heaven.
Do Not Be Deceived by the Heavenly Appearance of the Aether
For those gamers who have always been warned not to judge a book by its cover, the Aether is a prime example of why that old adage remains true in today’s far more technological world. At first glance, players entering the Aether might think that they’ve landed in a far more ideal world — a place where playing the game and beating peers is more attainable. That would be very, very wrong. The rules of the Aether defy physics and, indeed, they defy the usual conventions of Minecraft itself. Everything is not what it seems, and dangers come from above and below in this chaotic new world.
Perhaps one of the biggest threats to life and livelihood when playing in the Aether is the presence of snowballs that mysteriously get hurled from clouds in the sky. This isn’t your grandfather’s snow, and it’s going to hurt when it makes impact. In fact, it will cost health and longevity in Minecraft if any of these snowballs comes into contact with a player. The threats from above are real, and they’re consistent. Get ready to dodge, duck, and run very quickly from what appears to be a snowman scorned. Already scared? Well sure you can use a mod like the Single Player Comands to make the game a lot easier, but I don’t think you should, as it will cost you all the fun.
Danger from below is pretty consistent as well. The Aether prefers to trip players up with slime. Actually, it prefers to send them sky high just because they stepped on a little bit of yellow slime as they made their way through the Aether’s bizarre, alternative universe. And, as if that wasn’t enough, the sand present in the Aether doesn’t behave according to plan, either. Whereas the sand in most other Minecraft areas actually slows the player down, the sand in the Aether has the effect of drinking fifteen morning coffees. Players will find themselves moving uncontrollably fast through the game, and they’ll likely fall of the island where they were located. That will take them back to the entrance portal, and cost them a bit of health in the process. After all, players should never expect to fall out of the sky unharmed.
New Dangers For, and By, Minecraft Players
The unconventional world in which the Aether exists is infinitely more dangerous than most other parts of Minecraft itself. The world is dotted with various types of poison, as well as many different remedies. The unfortunate part is that those poisons are almost always targeted at players, rather than at their opponents, and it can be hard to stay afloat — or alive — in such a world.
The creators of the Aether seemed to understand this, and they decided that players should get a bit more defensive during their time in this new world. One of the biggest advantages players will find after entering the Aether is that they’re given access to poison darts that they can aim and shoot at their adversaries. And if you get all cofused with all the new things a mod adds to the game, just use the TooManyItems Mod to sort all the things and have them by your fingertips. Anyway this is a pretty big improvement over weaponry elsewhere, and it’s a welcome addition to a world with so many dangers and external threats.
Try to be Entertained, Not Annoyed, by the Aether Mod
For all of its twists, turns, snowballs, and slime, the Aether is a pretty entertaining place to be. But it also has its fair share of annoyances, like islands that go on forever throughout endless parts of the sky. And, while pigs and “Moas” are the key to getting around in this sky-based mod, both are extremely hard to come by. That can really slow down gameplay, and many gamers might get too frustrated to trudge onward in this heavenly alternative universe. To install this mod you need Modloader at the moment, but maybe the future versions will be supported by the Forge API so the installation process will get easier.
The good news is that persistence often pays off here, as it does in virtually every part of Minecraft and the real world. It’s possible to find Moas, and it’s even easier to find pigs. Once one has been found, navigating the seemingly endless stream of sky-based islands becomes quite a bit easier. And, as with virtually every game, players will feel more at ease about their role in the new world as they get more comfortable. Mastering new poisons and poison darts, as well as the slime, sand, and snow, that can have adverse health effects, will pay off in the end.
A Great Way to Play Minecraft in New and Unconventional Ways
A good mod — for any game — is one that shakes things up a bit and presents entirely new challenges to players. That’s exactly what the Aether does, with its flying snowball-throwers, its gravity-defying slime monsters, and its sand that feels like a Red Bull rush to the head. With a little persistence, navigating and conquering this bizarre world can be as easy as it is intriguing.
How to install:
- Back-up minecraft.jar every time you download a Mod.
- Find run/%appdata%/.minecraft/bin
- Open up minecraft.jar using winrar.
- Delete Meta-inf.
- Download and Install AudioMod, Modloader, ShockAhPI
- Download Aether Mod.
- Drag all the files inside “Jar” folder into minecraft.jar
- Merge the “resources” folder that is inside Aether Mod with the “resources” folder of .minecraft.