Every decent texture pack has a thing. You know that one thing that just makes it so good? It could be a simple wood texture or the way pickaxes look or in this case, the sky. The Inspiration Texture pack by TobiwanK3nobi has truly amazing looking skies, brought to you by MCPatcher's latest Better Skies feature which allows texture artists more control over the skybox in Minecraft. The rest of the pack is not too shabby either, with decent and clean blocks that make the exterior of a building look fantastic, hence the pack's motto “A texture pack for architects”. Let's take a closer look.
As always I'll start with the terrain. One of the things I like most about trying new texture packs is taking the first peek at the terrain. It shows off the mood of any pack very nicely, and it's no different with this one. The terrain is a bit darker than most packs, but not too dark that it could be considered a dark pack. The pack goes with detailed dirt, trees and stone, and pulls it off quite nicely considering it's only 32x. It has some noise in distant objects, not enough to bother the average user, only very picky players. Ores are pretty simple and nothing special, but each one has it's own pattern which is always welcome.
The sky, which is probably the best thing about the pack, is very realistic and detailed, Clouds are on the horizon and in the sky, the Sun has animated rays and the North Star is always visible, day or night, for navigation. Sunsets and sunrises look fantastic, and look better than those of any other pack out there. Items take some pretty strange turns with some of them radically changing the look, like rotten flesh becoming a cut-off zombie leg and tools being a bit skinnier than usual.
Like I mentioned in the intro, this texture pack caters nicely to large buildings, so big towers and similar builds will look fantastic. The building blocks aren't very detailed, but are smooth and really give the exterior of any building a nice look. The same can't be said for the interior though. Since this is only a 32x pack, it can only be so realistic, and it shows in indoor spaces where textures can be seen close-up and the lack of detail really stands out since the pack tries to take a more realistic look.
Mobs are boring and monotonous, nothing unique, like in most texture packs. Don't hold this against the pack though, mobs look fine, they just don't excel like some other parts of the pack do. The Nether is a low point for the pack with textures being bland and not nearly detailed enough. Soulsand specifically is horrible while the rest of the textures would be fine with some slight alterations or added details to make them more interesting.
To conclude, while the pack has some really amazing stuff like the sky and the smooth building blocks, the interior and Nether need more work for this pack to be able to play with the big boys. It's still worth a try though, and with a simple edit it could easily become one of my favorites. I recommend you check it out at the link below:
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