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I thought to play Minecraft was already difficult enough when I first picked it up a few years ago, but with the release of different mods and such, little did I know that it could get a lot more difficult, and you could be playing a whole different game.
I first heard about the Skyfactory 3 mod from Rooster Teeth's Let's Play channel, and as I watched it and became more curious, I decided to give it a try myself. I googled it, and quickly downloaded the .zip file from the Feed The Beast website. Well... that became substantially more difficult than I thought, having to know what to do with Forge, and other things.
After about 30 or so minutes of trying to futz around with the server, thinking I needed one, and trying to get the game to launch, and not knowing where to put specific files, I was about ready to give up. So, in a last ditch effort, I googled what I needed to do. Turns out, if I had done that in the first place, I would realize that I would be able to download the mod from the Curse app on my desktop (now known as the Twitch app).
So, I quickly downloaded and launched it and let it start up, and then... small detour. Since it was a first time start up, I had to let the files initialize for the first time. Off I wandered to make some dinner!
After about 20 minutes, I come back and it's loaded, so off I go into the game. And from watching the RT videos, I know that I probably shouldn't walk too far forward because all I had was three blocks of leaves between me and death. So off I go, starting to chop the wood and chop the leaves down, and starting to create my platform and figuring out just what the hell that I need to do next from the "Achievement Book" that you receive in the beginning.
I could continue my entire story, but I wouldn't want to run this article too long, so let's cut to the fun part.
The entire game mode is quite fun. If you are a fan of Minecraft, or if you are a fan of modded games that can change it, I would highly, highly recommend downloading the Twitch app and downloading the mod. I have sunk probably about 50 hours into it already, and that's after about 2 weeks of playing.
There is a couple of downsides to the game. There are a TON of mods out there for Minecraft, and because this one uses ~1000 of them, there are a TON of items, some with no explanation as to what the hell they are or what they do. If you do download it (again, highly recommend that you do if you are a fan of Minecraft), the only downside to this game mode is that you will most certainly need a Minecraft Wiki page open to google 90% of the things in it that are not a part of vanilla Minecraft.
The other downside is also related to just how many mods are linked to the game, upon the initial download and launch of the Sky Factory mod, (and I'm running Sky Factory on a computer that's nearly 10 years old) it took a while for it to get started. It was about 20 minutes, and it took up so much CPU that I had to walk away from my computer for a little while just to let it launch.
The final verdict for the game is that it's just amazing. It takes a lot of work, and you'll have to have some form of a companion or the Wiki open just to understand what the hell 75% of the items are, but it's WORTH the download.
And in case you're skeptical as to just how confusing Sky Factory could be, I have two words for you: Blood. Magic.