Best Minecraft mods to download: Recipes, Biomes, Crafting & UI

Published: 12/Jan/2021 15:41 Updated: 12/Jan/2021 15:44

by James Busby


Minecraft continues to be a popular pick amongst players of all ages, offering huge amounts of freedom and experimentation when it comes to creating the perfect world. And on top of that, Minecraft mods can make the game even better. 

From ultra-realistic graphics to fan-made biomes, the world of Minecraft is filled with never-ending possibilities. Whether you’re looking to recreate your favorite video game locations or just wanting to spice up your current world, there are plenty of mods that will enable you to do just that. 

Of course, knowing which Minecraft mods to download and install can be a little tricky, especially when there are so many.

Fortunately, we’ve done the hard part and found five of the very best Minecraft mods you should download and play right now. Not only do these mods drastically improve upon the game’s vanilla experience, they also help keep the game feeling fresh.  

Just Enough Items (JEI)

Minecraft item mod
Mojang Studios
You can finally close all those Minecraft wiki tabs.


If you’re a new Minecraft player or a seasoned crafter, you’ll want to add the Just Enough Items mod to your list. This handy tool allows you to instantly search for in-game recipes, show individual item uses, and toggle the game’s list of materials. While it may not be an overly fancy mod, it does help to decrease the amount of time spent scrolling endlessly through the Minecraft wiki page.


OptiFine Mincraft mod
Mojang Studios
This mod does more than just ad HD textures.


While Minecraft’s blocky world may look charming enough, there are times when the game’s textures can look a little rough around the edges. Not only does OptiFine enable Minecraft to run much smoother, but it also comes packed with HD texture support.

Everything from improved weather effects, dynamic lighting, detailed environments, and configurable animations have been added. Mahjong’s masterpiece certainly looks better than ever with this mod. 

Biomes O’ Plenty

Minecraft Biomes mod
Mojang Studios
These new biomes certainly add a unique twist to exploration.


One of the reasons behind Minecraft’s worldwide success is its huge replayability factor. After all, combining huge procedurally-generated worlds with the player’s own imagination makes for a highly freeing experience. The Biomes O’ Plenty mod adds to the overworld exploration even further, giving Minecraft fans even more unique worlds, new plants, flowers, trees, building blocks, and more to discover. 

Pam’s HarvestCraft

Harvest Minecraft mod
Mojang Studios
Fans of Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley will want to download this mod.


As the name suggests, Pam’s HarvestCraft is all about crop tending. This ever-growing mod adds a whopping 1400+ new items and foods to Minecraft, giving your character a more healthier diet than ever before. Highlights from the mod include 80 new crops (including cotton for string), 50 fruit or item bearing trees, beekeeping, six harvestable bushes, 19 new fish. 

If that wasn’t enough, many of the mod’s resources can then be processed via the presser block to make them into various commodities. All these new resources can be sold via the shipping block, which enables you to acquire a decent amount of money. If you’re a fan of  Harvest Moon and Stardew Valley, then you’ll feel right at home with this mod.  

Wawla – What Are We Looking At

Wawla Minecraft mod
Mojang Studios
Wawla ensures you’ll never misplace an item again.


Are you struggling to keep track of where you put a certain item? Then this handy UI mod will help cut down those frustrating searches. When installed, Wawla will display all the contents of a chest without the need to actually open it. This is particularly useful if you’re cultivating crops from Pam’s HarvestCraft, collecting various resources, or doing dungeon raids. 

To make matters even better, Wawla also showcases animal breeding and animal growing timers. There are even progress bars for block breaking, armor points, block blast resistance, horse speed, and player head usernames. Once you’ve seen how useful this UI mod is, you’ll never want to go back to Minecraft’s original HUD. 

So, there you have it, five of the best Minecraft mods you can download. We’ll be adding to this mod page, so make sure you come back here for updates. 

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce


In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.