Video Game: Carrier

Carrier is a Survival Horror video game developed and published by Jaleco for the Sega Dreamcast. Notable in part for being fully 3D - then (2000) still a rarity for survival horror games, which mostly displayed 3D characters over pre-rendered backgrounds. In Carrier, players assume the separate roles of an investigation team that was split up from a surprise attack.

A canceled sequel for the PlayStation 2 titled Carrier: The Next Mutation was once planned for release.

This game provides examples of:

  • Anyone Can Die Almost all of the main and supporting cast are killed during the course of the game, so much so that only three of the characters listed on the game manual live to tell the tale. The Heimdal crew members aren't so lucky either, as only a handful haven't been slaughtered or mutated yet.
    • Jack: "Out of all of those crew members, this is all that's left..."
  • Big Bad: The ancient organism ARK.
  • Boom, Headshot: The quickest way to kill the mutants.
  • Downer Ending: By the time the Heimdal is finally sunk, Jack has lost almost all of his friends AND his little brother. The downcast look on his face speaks volumes of his horrific experience on the Heimdal.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Body parts of the mutants explode into chunks after being shot enough.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The ARK-infected creatures on the Heimdal are called "mutants."
  • Plant Person: Pretty much most of the humanoid mutants, as ARK (which by itself is a plant-based organism) has passed on its DNA to all of the infected.
  • Retirony: Leonard, the pilot that flies Jack and Jessifer to the Heimdal, was planning to retire after the rescue mission. Sadly, he's the first supporting character to die in the game.