You Can Pull Off Han Solo Stunts In Elite: Dangerous

Kirk "two weeks as a space commander" Hamilton has nothing on this person. The stuff they come up with thanks to all of Elite: Dangerous' cool details is totally nuts. Seriously, this is like something out of a great sci-fi movie.

The video's a bit long, so here's a quick summary of the nougaty, completely nutty goodness within:

Basically, this person figures out how to smuggle illicit cargo by becoming functionally invisible to security outside various stations. Normally if you're carrying anything illegal when you try to dock at a station, you get angry-hornet-swarmed by guard ships and blown to spacely smithereens.

This pilot, however, had an idea: they decided to go in completely undetectable, even though it meant they couldn't really control their ship. Shields and engines off. Only inertia and freezing black nothing to guide them. Their ship's windows ice over as the vacuum looms, cold creeping, constricting like a fist, in heat's complete absence.

The last segment of the video, especially, is totally insane. In order to dock and sell their illicit alcohol at a station, the pilot shuts down everything miles out, gives the engines one last boost up to 300 km/hr, and then coasts into the itsy bitsy entryway. The guard ships never suspect a thing.

It's like a perfect hole-in-one in golf, but with more space ships and certain, grisly death if you fail. Would that more golf games also had those things.

Man, though, what a cool thing. It's wild too: so many of Elite: Dangerous' basic actions — trading, flying from station-to-station, etc — are pretty mundane, but the sheer level of detail pumped into every crevice and crater brings it all to life.

As a result, you get these crazy space captain fantasy moments that you create. This person (well, someone else whose tactics they were trying out for themselves, technically) came up with a plan fit for a TV show or movie — both Star Wars and Serenity had scenes kinda like this — on the fly. The game gave them room to do so. That's so great.

So, to conclude:

You Can Pull Off Han Solo Stunts In Elite: Dangerous

Not for this person, Kirk. Not for this person.

Thanks RPS.


    Saw a better (well, maybe not better but similarly ridiculous docking) one a little while back. Guy in an Anaconda just blasts his way towards the station and switches flight assist off, flips around facing backwards and does nothing more. No adjustments, no checking, nothing. Perfect entry.

    Haha pretty neat. I love how people find ways to beat the system, well copy a movies way and replicate it.

    Looking forward to finally building a new gaming rig for all these amazing space sims. I think the last one I built was for UT3 which was an expensive disappointment ;(

      Just make sure to get a really good GFX card like a GTX770 and you will be fine. Save money on the rest of the parts.

    That headline just made me figure you could do this in the game:

    Are you kidding me?? Ice crystals form on your glass when the engines are off and the temp is down?


    You guys have convinced me to make a day one purchase! But can I stretch the budget to an Occulus?... I don't need to eat food EVERY day... Right?...

      It's only water you really need and you can get that for free from the sky, Just allocate a weekly meal, maybe two for special occasions.

      And remember that old proverb, a kidney is for life, but a Rift is forever...

        lol! DONE! Kotaku Life Hacks FTW!!

      Is it on the inside or outside of the glass? I wouldn't be able to play this if it was on the outside.

      Get in on the beta now ($94 AUD), the final game is going to be cheaper but it's gorgeous and playable right now! Also has prebuilt profiles for most joysticks!

      TrackIR is a far cheaper alternative to the Rift as well and works a treat in Elite. With that said, if I wasn't already one kidney down I'd be on the operating table already.

    Bah. Solo ain't shit compared on Roy Fokker!!

      Except that Han is alive and Roy is deader than Rolf Harris' chances of finding someone within his desired age group at his current place of residence.

    tell me about PvP not lame how i dock blond stuff. will we have ass kicking mega gang pvp or just boring single player stories?

    Once the security service scans you they won't scan you again till you leave the grid. He could have picked up the loot normally and flown away or docked. It is cool though.

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