When it was brought to my focus that September 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Sega Dreamcast in North America, I felt compelled to really play some thing on Sega’s brief-lived final console, which is some thing I seldom do. Considering that the Dreamcast has a handful of exclusive survival-horror titles that have never ever been ported or re-released on other consoles, it only seemed fitting that I would verify out one particular of these titles and see how it holds up. Becoming a massive fan of the Resident Evil series, I decided to go with an unabashed Resident Evil knockoff identified as Carrier.
Carrier is a Sega Dreamcast exclusive survival-horror title that was created and published by Jaleco. Released in North America, Japan, and Europe on January 31, 2000, February 24, 2000, and July five, 2001 respectively, it was met with largely mixed criticism. A sequel was planned to be released for the PlayStation two but was in the end canceled. Carrier has because faded into relative obscurity as it was probably overshadowed by the a lot much more common Resident Evil CODE: Veronica which released only a month later in North America.
Set in the 21st Century, Carrier requires location on an aircraft carrier identified as the Heimdal. As a member of an elite unit identified as SPARC, your group is sent to investigate the Heimdal just after all speak to with the ship is lost, but your helicopter is shot down by the ship’s anti-aircraft guns. Shortly just after, you discover that an ancient organism identified as ARK has attached itself to the ship, and numerous individuals on board are currently infected. Carrier’s plot is largely common fare for this sort of game, each in terms of story components and delivery, with absolutely nothing standing out as getting specifically great or negative.
As previously talked about, Carrier is an unabashed Resident Evil clone, so anybody familiar with Capcom’s seminal survival-horror franchise will have a great concept of what to count on. Tank controls, fixed camera angles, and a common gameplay loop of exploring environments whilst seeking for keys and things required to progress are all accounted for right here. For the most aspect, these gameplay components are par for the course and operate fine for what they are.
Two issues that support set Carrier apart from other equivalent titles are the scope and the potential to target enemies’ person physique components. The scope is an item that you uncover early in the game that enables you to enter a very first-individual view and see what is straight ahead of you, which can be beneficial due to the fixed camera angles. The game has a paranoia element that is reminiscent of The Issue, in which some seemingly friendly NPCs will really be enemies in disguise, and the scope can be applied to detect these enemies. The potential to target person physique components was a common gameplay function of Eternal Darkness, so it was neat to see that it appeared very first in Carrier. Even though I did not notice a lot advantage to taking out an enemy’s limbs, the potential to straight target the head enables you to dispatch enemies much more rapidly and conserve ammo.
Speaking of which, Carrier is incredibly generous with ammo and overall health things, and I had a ton of each by the time I completed the game. The only 3 key weapons in the game are the pistol, assault rifle, and grenade launcher, and the grenade launcher is the only weapon that I did not uncover plentiful ammo for, so I mostly saved it for boss fights. There is also the welder which can be applied at brief and medium-variety and makes use of no ammo, and it was surprisingly efficient for taking out weaker enemies. Explosives are also an vital aspect of the game, and whilst it is achievable to use them as weapons against enemies, they are mostly applied for clearing out obstacles in the atmosphere. It is also worth noting that enemies in the game do respawn, so it is achievable to run out of sources and back oneself into a corner if you happen to be in particular reckless with things.
Some of the gameplay components that have been talked about previously are not often implemented as properly as other games from the genre, and this sadly drags Carrier down from getting a fairly great game. The fixed-camera angles have a tendency to be placed in such a way that tends to make it tricky to detect when enemies are ahead, which can really feel inexpensive at occasions. The scope can be applied to alleviate this difficulty, but frequently bringing up the scope can get tedious just after a whilst. Enemies will also at times be placed promptly on the other side of doors, and there is no way to prevent taking harm when this takes place. The lack of weapon wide variety and the general style of most enemy kinds really feel uninspired also.
Graphically, Carrier is a decent seeking game for the time but does not stand out in any way. As talked about previously, environments are completely rendered in 3D but have a tendency to appear relatively bland. Music in the game is largely the low-important ambient sort that you would count on to hear in a survival-horror game, but general the soundtrack is decent. As you may possibly count on from a horror game from this era, the voice acting is all more than the location, with a couple of characters sounding great, numerous characters sounding unremarkable and stiff, and a handful of that sound laughably negative.
Whilst not a negative game, Carrier feels relatively derivative and rough about the edges, which tends to make me cautious to propose it to other individuals. I personally discovered the game to be serviceable sufficient to get some enjoyment from it, so I think that survival-horror fans seeking for some thing unique might uncover some thing to like right here. Every person else would most likely be far better off sticking with the much more common picks from the genre. Carrier tends to sell for about $30 on the secondary industry these days, but I would only propose selecting it up if you can uncover it dirt inexpensive.