@Type1Ninja Right, but they're not even good stepping stones into modded play. Also battlegear adds shields, and is an overhaul of combat. No overhaul mod should be in a pack like this that is presumably the introduction to modding for a vanilla player. Because the VAST majority of packs don't have battlegear. Not every pack will have HO (well anymore they do, but I blame that on the popularity of Ag Skies and its bretheren in the HQM packs). I'm a lot more lenient about deco mods because nearly all of them can be added after the fact with minimal effort, and it's one of the areas mods expand on that vanilla simply cannot touch. It also doesn't overwhelm someone with new goals, just new blocks that only look pretty.
OBVIOUSLY if I don't like it I'm not going to play it. (seriously, "it's got configs" and "don't like it don't play it" are my two biggest pet peeves in this community. They're both completely obvious and 100% irrelevant to any conversation they're brought up in). Criticism is criticism, and well reasoned if not necessarily constructive criticism can be very helpful for people, such as the original authors, or even someone coming across this later that wants to make their own "Vanilla +" pack that actually plays like vanilla while showcasing modded features.If you dont like it..... Dont play it.