The Forest is a popular survival game that’s been in Early Access for years now and finally got it’s full release earlier this year. It’s a first-person survival game in the vein of Rust or DayZ, where players must survive after waking from a crashed plane in an ominous and mysterious forest.
The game features an extensive multiplayer mode, where you can survive with others, or choose to hunt down others if you so wish.
In this article, we will run down 12 of the best mods available for The Forest on PC. Here are some more posts like this, if you’re interested, too: Best Sims 4 Mods, Best Rimsworld Mods, Best Skyrim Mods, and more!
Best The Forest Mods on PC
One of the very basic elements that make The Forest a creepy experience and give you the sense of being lost, it is the fact that there is no map. As you can understand from its very straightforward name, the Map mod lets you access the map on which you can display your current location, locations of different caves and stashes, locations of all cannibals and positions of all players on the server if you are playing multiplayer. All this, just so you do not get lost in this vast, cannibal-filled forest.
2. Player Upgrade Points
One of the best The Forest mods out there is the Player Upgrade Points. It completely changes the way you play the game by implementing an RPG system in which you can earn experience and level up different stats. You can level up various stats; be it decreasing the stamina usage while blocking, sprinting or attacking, sprint speed, jump height, passive health and stamina regen, attack speed, weapon and projectile damage, block damage and general damage reduction, fall damage reduction etc. You gain experience points by killing enemies and destroying effigies. If you want to add a new depth to your gameplay, this mod will change the way you play.
If you played The Forest for a long time and tried different, various mods and ultimately got bored of it, maybe playing it with cheats for a while and trying crazy things can reignite your enjoyment. Ultimate Cheat Menu does exactly what its name suggests: It lets you cheat. And it is a lot of fun. You can teleport anywhere, kill or spawn animals/enemies, be invisible, set the time of the day and the weather, fly, noclip, turn on Godmode and most importantly, spawn infinite numbers of logs! It can get boring in the long run like most cheats, but for a couple of hours, it is heaps of fun.
4. Easy Building
Even though the building in The Forest is one of the main and most enjoyable gameplay elements of the game, it can get a bit tedious after a while. If you are an experienced player and want to reduce the time you spend on farming logs or you are a new player and want to get through the game a little faster and do not want to die at nights just because you couldn’t build a proper shelter, Easy Building cuts the necessary resources for all buildings in half, making farming much less tedious and repetitive.
5. Tree Respawn
If you are a true lumberjack and go through quarter of the trees in one or two nights, the default %10 tree respawn rate each night may not be always enough for you. Plus, cutting down trees and opening areas kind of reduces the sense of being watched and being alone in the forest. If you wish to counter these, though, you can install Tree Respawn and with just clicking Shift + R, you can instantly bless the island with respawning ~10% of all trees. Time to cut down some more!
6. Longer Days and Nights
In my opinion, one of the biggest issues that break the realism of the games that implement day and night cycles is the fact that both day and night usually lasts around 10-20 minutes in those games. Of course, nobody wants a full 12-hour day and 12-hour night cycle, especially in a game like The Forest, but with a mod like Longer Days and Nights, you can double the length of day and night, resuilting in a much more realistic and immersive experience.
Sometimes, we may want to change the way we play a game completely. Maybe you want to play The Forest as a peaceful camping game with no cannibals or monsters? Maybe you just want to battle mutants or cannibals. With this mod, you can change the spawn rates for the various enemies that you encounter. If you want a bloodbath, you can maximize all of their spawn rates and just go on a war, or set them all to zero and just enjoy building and camping by the shore. Do not forget your son, though.
8. Bigger Backpack
Another obvious mod in our list that screams what it exactly does is Bigger Backpack. You want a bigger backpack and carry more items? Install this, so you won’t have to walk back to your base every time you go on a short farming trip. Couple this mod with our 4th choice Easy Building, and going through the grinding parts of the game gets much less repetitive. For the maximum effect, you can type 0 to the notepad and get unlimited backpack space. Or if for some reason you do not want to carry anything and go hardcore as much as possible, you can type -1 and disable the backpack completely.
9. Damage Numbers
I think the description of the mod page tells everything you need: “Adds a simple but highly customizable damage indicator that displays amount of health cannibal has left. Additionally names every cannibal differently. Because why not? Might show unexpected edginess.”
For the ultimate RPG experience, couple this mod with our 2nd mod of choice Player Upgrade Points and you can now play The Forest version of Dying Light. The names of the cannibals can give you some good laughs, too. Just do not let your imagination be the limit.
10. Active Shadows
Lighting plays a crucial role in every game and adds the most amount of graphical realism to any game it is implemented well. Active Shadows does exactly what its name suggests, makes the shadows and the sun constantly move. It will drop your FPS a bit, but if you have a good PC, it is definitely a must-have.
11. In-Game Crosshair
If you are like me and look for a crosshair in every first-person game you play, In-Game Crosshair can add The Forest a crosshair. It is not that useful in this game but is a welcome and small change.
12. FOV Changer
Being able to customize your field of view is a crucial importance to many first-person players. A low FOV causes a zoomed-in view and can cause dizziness in a lot of players. FOV Changer lets you modify your in-game FOV in The Forest, ranging from 50 to a blasting 170.
These are 12 of the best mods available for The Forest on PC. Turn an already-great game into an amazing and sprawling world with even more depth and replayability.
Let us know if you think we missed anything!