Helicopter free fall: catching an aircraft with a golden eye

When skydiving isn’t enough

As I explored in my article Stunts & tricks: immergent gameplay and intrinsic rewards , open world games reward the player with sandboxes for them to set up and pull off crazy stunts. The skydiving system within Just Cause 3 has had a major overhaul, and with the inclusion of the wingsuit, the player is now capable of pulling of some incredible aerial acrobatics.  However, after your thousandth base jump or skydive from a plane you begin to want more of a challenge.

Catch that aircraft!

Even back while playing Just Cause 2, I was fascinated with trying to recreate that classic scene in Goldeneye, where James Bond dives after his only means of escape; a plane in free fall off of a cliff.  In this scene he base jumps after his plane, catches it, enters it, levels it out, and flies away.

goldeneye-skydive

(James Bond skydiving to catch his plane in Goldeneye)

In the most recent entry in the franchise, Just Cause 3, my dream persisted and I challenged myself to pull of this wild stunt with dozens of attempts ending in utter failure.  I found that chasing planes was a bit too difficult since they quickly picked up speed in a nose dive, thus I switched my aircraft to a helicopter.

I took a helicopter high into the atmosphere and I leapt out. Knowing a bit about some basic aviation principles, I tried to capitalize on the effects of auto-rotation, in which a helicopter’s blades spinning freely without power maintains the lift of the helicopter and keep it level as it falls. After dozens of trials I found that the most difficult helicopters were the light ones meant for speed, while the heavy ones meant for transport maintained their balance much longer, giving me a window to complete my stunt.

(Video footage of my completion of the Play Professor’s Helicopter free fall: challenge!)

What are some of the wildest stunts you have created while playing your favorite games? Let us know in the comments below or write in to playprofessor@gmail.com. Please check back for the full explanation of my stunt challenge in my article Helicopter free fall: challenge on Friday!

 

Andrew Mantilla is a ludologist and video game journalist for Play Professor.  You can check out more of his content on FacebookInstagramand Youtube.

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