While there are many excellent shader packs out there, KUDA Shaders by DeDelner excel at delivering a suite of beautiful effects while still maintaining very impressive performance and being the most glitch-free shader pack I have ever used. Take a gander…
In the article, I will talking about and displaying the Extreme version of KUDA Shaders, but there’s a section near the end where you can take a look at the difference between the five available versions. I will also be using the Chroma Hills resource pack because it supports all the features of KUDA Shaders and is a stellar texture pack in general.
The Beauty of KUDA Shaders
KUDA Shaders comes with pretty much every feature you’ve come to expect from shaderpacks nowadays. The dynamic shadows are here and work very smoothly, not flickering or causing any issues. Normal, parallax and specular mapping is all available, if your resource pack supports it, making for some unbelievably stunning blocks that honestly look like 3D renders.
There’s the classic combination of bloom, god rays, lens flares, and various filters, that work together to keep everything aesthetically consistent, making every screenshot pretty in its own right. The pack also adds new clouds and stars for a beautiful sky no matter the time of day. None of those effects are overblown so the feeling of an overly processed HDR image is avoided. Everything in this department works wonderfully and without bugs.
Water is another feature polished to perfection. There’s reflections and parallax, which makes it looks nice, but it’s not overdone like some shaderpacks, so it avoid the usual buggy pitfalls and weird issues. Possibly my favorite little feature is the underwater part of the shader, which surprisingly looks great. This is a feature often neglected by other packs, leaving underwater to look like a hideous mess, but KUDA Shaders delivers a gorgeous experience.
On the more technical side of things, KUDA shaders has SSAO, one of the best ambient occlusion methods, which means that lighting will look way more realistic as it will bounce off of objects. It also supports antialiasing, a crucial part of the smooth look the shaders provide. There’s a fog effect in the distance to cover up the distant chunks not being rendered in a nice, immersive way.
The Weather of KUDA Shaders
When conditions change, the shader changes too – so there’s special weather and night specific effect. When it rains, the surface of exposed blocks becomes reflective, which really just serves to make it look accurately wet. This along with more fog contributes to the experience of rain being nice, while keeping it playable instead of going for 100% looks.
Snowy areas are no different, so the snow-covered blocks will have a nice frozen effect.
At night, the world of Minecraft is a whole different story, so shaderpacks need to adapt. KUDA Shaders once again focuses on balancing beauty and gameplay here, going for immersion with dark nights and faint moonlight, but without any overly gameplay hindering effects.
The Versions of KUDA Shaders
There are 5 versions of KUDA Shaders (descending in quality):
The features scale as you go up the ladder, like so:
So, you can choose the version your PC supports, scaling from the basics to the beautiful Extreme version.
When all is said and done, KUDA Shaders is a fantastic shaderpack that can rival the greats like SEUS and Sildur, and, depending on your tastes, even surpass them. KUDA Shaders’ strength, in my opinion, lies in the optimization. If you’re having troubles with bugs and glitches in shaders, try KUDA. If you’re having performance issues – try KUDA. If you’ve never tried shaders because you’re worried about problems – try KUDA.
Even if you’re happy with your current shaders, give it a whirl, you might like what you find. You can download it here:
Download the KUDA Shaders pack here!
- Install the Forge API.
- Run Minecraft at least once.
- Download the shaders mod here.
- Put the mods .jar file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
- For any additional info, head to our big Mod Installation Guide.
- Now take the KUDA Shaders .zip file and copy it over to the “shaderpacks” folder in your .minecraft folder (make one if it isn’t there).
- Ready to go! Just enable the shaderpack via the in-game menu. Enjoy.
Like always, feel free to leave any feedback you might have in the comment section below.
Version of mod reviewed: v10.2 on Minecraft 1.7.10.