Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hmm, I wonder what a physics mod for Minecraft would be like.”
Well, as you probably know, there are a ton of ways to make Minecraft more realistic. You can try an ultra-realistic texture pack like Realism Mats. You can even add Mods that introduce machinery and equipment that requires electricity or even running water to use! Until recently though, there hasn’t really been a mod that adds PHYSICS to the game.
Minecraft Physics Mod changes this entirely!
This mod can change the way mobs look when they die, from ragdoll bodies to the blocky pieces that make up the mob.
Phsyics for blocks are also included. When you break a block, it fractures into smaller pieces with the texture of the original block!
Explosions cause things to happen as you would expect and send the fractured parts of blocks (and bodies) flying in every direction. Water carries the pieces down stream with it.
There are a plethora of settings within the mod itself. These range from how a mob breaks apart when it dies, to how long and how many fractured pieces stay in the world. This means you can fine tune the mod to your liking and optimize it for performance on the fly!
Speaking of Performance…
There are a few things one should know before using this mod.
Physics Mod is NOT going to make your game run any smoother! It will, in fact, do the exact opposite if anything using physics is happening within the physics range you set within the menu.
For instance, while testing the mod, I setup around 20-30 TNT on a cliff wall and lit as many as I could before the first exploded. Once the chain reaction started, my FPS went from 140+ to 0 pretty rapidly, and for quite awhile before my PC stopped hating itself.
During the above mentioned test, I used no shaders, and no resource or texture packs. Though, I did try the mod with shaders and texture packs, and as you would expect, performance is no better with either.
My setup consists of a Ryzen 9 3900X, DDR4 Ram 3600 MHz, and a GTX 1080 and I can play MOST games pretty smoothly. However, when I try and use shaders, a high resolution texture pack, AND Physics Mod, things get a little hairy.
As you can see, the performance hit when there is a lot of physics events going on it pretty large.
After playing with this mod for awhile, I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a Creeper’s body parts flying, scattered through the air in every direction.
I also found that you can use this mod to very rapidly mine a very large area if you set it up correctly. Though, again, the performance is going to depend on your PC specs and how you have the physics settings configured.
This mod can be extremely fun to have as an addition to any Minecraft world, but you just have to realize that it’s a performance hungry beast that requires a little attention and tweaking before use.
Try out Physics Mod today! It’s available for both Fabric AND Forge loaders and you can get both versions here.