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Chloe Frazer
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Chloe Frazer as she appears in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
Series Uncharted
First game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
Voiced by Claudia Black

Chloe Frazer is a fictional character in the Uncharted series, and serves as a female protagonist of the 2009 video game Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Frazer was designed to provide a darker counterpart to main series protagonist Nathan Drake, and to highlight these facets of his personality. She is voiced by Claudia Black, who did the motion capture work for the character as well. Chloe is a strong character who aggressively looks out for her own interests. In the game, she acts as part of team of thieves who are hired by a benefactor to help find the location of Marco Polo's lost fleet, and through that the location of the lost city of Shambhala and the Cintamani stone. When Drake is betrayed and imprisoned, she helps bribe his way out and infiltrates the organization of the war criminal Lazarevic, helping Drake stop his plot for immortality.

Reception to Frazer has been focused on her independence and sensuality. She has been cited as one of the few examples of a strong female character. Other reviewers have called her a unique and fun character. Black compared the character to movie adventurer Indiana Jones. Character designer Justin Richmond stated that Frazer was one of his favorite characters to create.

Character design

Frazer was designed to play off of the personality of Nathan Drake, the main protagonist of the series. Through interaction, she brings out particular facets of Drake's personality.[1] Amy Hennig, series writer, wanted Frazer to act as a foil to Drake, essentially acting as a darker version of the main character. She also contrasts to Elena Fisher, who acts as the "good girl" of Uncharted.[2]

Claudia Black voiced Frazer. In the Uncharted series, the actors were used for motion capture, and acted as if performing in a movie. Motion capture was done on a soundstage, and the dialog recorded during this process was used in the game.[3] The chemistry and interactions between Black and Nolan North, voice actor for Drake, had a hand in determining Frazer's personality.[4] Black compared the process to a combination of stage, movie, and voice acting.[4]

Personality

Frazer is an impulsive and reckless adventurer.[5] She is witty, devious, and fun-seeking.[1] Frazer is also a very sexually forward character; when she and Drake have a love scene, she acts as the aggressor.[1] She looks out for her own interests, caring little for anything but what she wants.[1] She has affection for Drake, but leaves him when she realizes the reality of the situation.

Appearances

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Near the beginning of the game, Frazer and business associate Harry Flynn convince Drake to help with a museum robbery. They have been hired by a wealthy benefactor to steal a piece of ancient Chinese pottery, which Kublai Khan had given to Marco Polo with this ceramic lamp is a map and blue resin which reveal the location of Marco Polo's lost fleet. She and Drake become romantically involved behind Flynn's back. Without Frazer's knowledge, Flynn betrays Drake, who ends up in a Turkish jail.[6] Chloe eventually engineers Drake's release, along with his associate Victor Sullivan.

Chloe then begins traveling with Flynn, and war criminal Zoran Lazarevic. She discovers that they are after the fabled city of Shambhala and the Cintamani stone, seeking immortality.[3] She acts as a double agent within Lazarevic's criminal organization, and seemingly betrays Drake to keep her cover. She meets up with Drake in Nepal to assist in searching for the location of Shambhala before Flynn can find it. Later, Drake attempts to rescue her from a train controlled by Lazarevic, but she refuses to go with him. She appears later in the game in a monastery in the Himalayas, where she follows Drake and Lazarevic into the entrance of Shambhala, and assists in taking down Lazarevic's army, while Drake stops the leader himself. At the end of the game, seeing that Drake cares for Elena Fisher, she leaves the two in the mountains.

Cultural impact

Promotion

Frazer was used heavily in promotion for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, to showcase the fact that new characters were central to the story. She was displayed so heavily that at first some thought that Fisher, female protagonist of the first game, would not be in the second.[5]

Critical reception

Most critics have received Frazer positively, focusing on her strength and sexuality; they often cite her as an exceptional example of an independent female video game character. Tom Cross of Gamasutra called Frazer a strong woman, and compared her to Elika from Prince of Persia.[1] He further called her a "first" in video games – a heterosexual female who badgers the male protagonist and displays competency and guile: "Chloe Frazer stands head and shoulders above all video game characters, but compared to most women in games, she is truly unique." He also characterizes her as one of "the most fun, interesting, inoffensive characters in video games."[1] Cross also cited her as a character who accurately reflects the nature of human sexual desire and frustration.[1] GamesRadar named Frazer "Miss 2009" of the "Sexiest New Characters of the Decade", calling her exotic and flirtatious.[7] The Daily Star called Chloe "saucy".[8]

Black commented that Frazer was fun to portray, and is essentially "Indiana Jones with nice hair".[4] Uncharted 2: Among Thieves game designer Justin Richmond called Frazer his favorite character.[2] Black was nominated at the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards under the category "Best Voice" for her work as Frazer.[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Cross, Tom (4 January 2010). Analysis: The Sexual Politics Of Uncharted 2. Gamasutra. United Business Media. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Purchese, Robert (16 October 2009). Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Interview 1–3. Eurogamer. Eurogamer Network. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Casamassina, Matt (19 November 2009). Editorial: How Uncharted 2 Can Fix Gaming 1–2. IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved on 7 December 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gaudiosi, John (6 October 2009). Uncharted 2 Interview with Claudia Black. GameDaily. AOL. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 First Look: 'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves'. G4. G4 Media (3 February 2009). Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
  6. Smith, Michael (4 December 2009). Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 review. Adrenaline Vault. NewWorld. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
  7. MISS 2009: Chloe Frazer. GamesRadar. Future plc (30 December 2009). Retrieved on 21 January 2010.
  8. "It's the Dog's". Daily Star (Northern & Shell). 11 October 2009. http://www.dailystar.co.uk/gameon/view/103116/It-s-the-dog-s/. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  9. Quillen, Dustin (18 November 2009). Halo: Reach to Premiere at VGAs, Nominees Revealed. 1UP.com. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved on 21 January 2010.

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