Chloe Frazer

Chloe Frazer is a fictional character in the Uncharted series, developed by Naughty Dog. Chloe, like series protagonist Nathan Drake, is a treasure hunter and has a romantic history with Drake. Introduced in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, she later appears in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and becomes the main protagonist in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Chloe is initially depicted as a strong character who aggressively looks out for her own interests, although over the course of The Lost Legacy she evolves into a more heroic individual. She is portrayed by Claudia Black through voice and motion capture.

Chloe was designed to provide a darker counterpart to Drake and to highlight these facets of his personality. Reception to Chloe has been focused on her independence and sensuality. 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 Chloe was one of his favorite characters to create.

Chloe Frazer
Uncharted character
Chloe Frazer (Uncharted)
Chloe Frazer in Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
First gameUncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)
Created byAmy Hennig
Voiced byClaudia Black
Motion captureClaudia Black
Michelle Lee (The Lost Legacy)

Character design

Chloe Frazer was designed to play off of the personality of Nathan Drake, the main protagonist of the Uncharted series. Through interaction, she brings out particular facets of Drake's personality.[1] Amy Hennig, series writer, wanted Chloe 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]

Chloe was voiced by Claudia Black. For the series, motion capture actors 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 Chloe's personality.[4] Black compared the process to a combination of stage, movie, and voice acting.[4]

Chloe is of Indian ancestry on her father's side and was brought up in Australia. She is an impulsive and reckless adventurer.[5] She is witty, devious, and fun seeking.[1] Chloe is also a very sexually forward character; when she and Drake have a love scene, she acts as the initiator.[1] At first, she appears only to look out for her own interests, caring little for anything but her goal.[1]

Chloe 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, the female protagonist of the first game, would not be in the second.[5]

Appearances

Chloe Frazer
Chloe Frazer, as she debuted in Uncharted 2

Near the beginning of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Chloe 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. Inside this ceramic lamp is a map and blue resin which reveal the location of Marco Polo's lost fleet. Unbeknownst to Flynn, Chloe and Drake had a previous relationship in the past, and resume their romance behind Flynn's back. Without Chloe's knowledge, Flynn betrays Drake, who ends up in a Turkish jail where he stays for three months.[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, due to him bringing Elena and Jeff earlier. 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.

Chloe returns in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, working with Nathan, Sully and new character Charlie Cutter to infiltrate the inner circle of Katherine Marlowe, who possesses the clues about the details of Sir Francis Drake's voyage to Arabia. They discover that the final clues lie in Crusader crypts in France and Syria, and Nate sends Chloe and Cutter to Syria to uncover it. During the search, Marlowe's men ambush them and a gunfight and chase ensues. Though they manage to escape alive, Cutter breaks his leg, and Chloe subsequently backs out of the adventure to get Cutter medical aid.

Chloe does not appear in the main story of Uncharted 4, however, during the beginning events of the game, it is shown that she sent a note to Nathan, saying she's available if he were to ever start treasure hunting again. She also is available to play as in the multiplayer. However, in December 2016, an upcoming DLC story was revealed called Uncharted: The Lost Legacy featuring Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross in a standalone story apart from the events of the Uncharted series, set after the events of Uncharted 4 after Nadine escapes.

Reception

Most critics have received Chloe 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 Chloe 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 Chloe "Miss 2009" of the "Sexiest New Characters of the Decade", calling her exotic and flirtatious.[7] Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich listed her as one of "15 Kick-Ass Women in Videogames", describing her as "tough, funny, and prone to backstabbing."[8]

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

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Cross, Tom (4 January 2010). "Analysis: The Sexual Politics Of Uncharted 2". Gamasutra. United Business Media. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b Purchese, Robert (16 October 2009). "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Interview". Eurogamer. Eurogamer Network. pp. 1–3. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b Casamassina, Matt (19 November 2009). "Editorial: How Uncharted 2 Can Fix Gaming". IGN. News Corporation. pp. 1–2. Retrieved 7 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Gaudiosi, John (6 October 2009). "Uncharted 2 Interview with Claudia Black". GameDaily. AOL. Archived from the original on 9 October 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b "First Look: 'Uncharted 2: Among Thieves'". G4. G4 Media. 3 February 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  6. ^ Smith, Michael (4 December 2009). "Uncharted 2: Among Thieves PS3 review". Adrenaline Vault. NewWorld. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  7. ^ "MISS 2009: Chloe Frazer". GamesRadar. Future plc. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
  8. ^ Darren Franich (5 March 2013). "15 Kick-Ass Women in Videogames". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  9. ^ Quillen, Dustin (18 November 2009). "Halo: Reach to Premiere at VGAs, Nominees Revealed". 1UP.com. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved 21 January 2010.
14th British Academy Games Awards

The 14th British Academy Video Game Awards hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on 12 April 2018 at Troxy honoured the best video games of 2017. It was hosted by Dara Ó Briain, who had previously hosted the 12th ceremony in 2016.

Amy Hennig

Amy Hennig (born August 19, 1964) is an American video game director and script writer, formerly for the video game company Naughty Dog. She began her work in the industry on the Nintendo Entertainment System, with her design debut on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City. She later went to work for Crystal Dynamics, working primarily on the Legacy of Kain series (which she considers her greatest achievement). With Naughty Dog, her work has been on two primary series: Jak and Daxter and Uncharted.

Hennig believes that the creative direction of a script holds more importance than the graphics of the game. She has been called one of the most influential women in the video game industry by Edge magazine.

British Academy Games Award for Performer

The British Academy Video Games Award for Performer is an award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is given in honor of "the best performance featured in a game; from voice artistry through to motion capture". The award was first given at the 8th British Academy Video Games Awards ceremony, held in 2012, with Mark Hamill winning the award for his performance as the Joker in Batman: Arkham City.Since its inception, the award has been given to five performers. Ashley Johnson has received the most awards in this category with two wins, both for her portrayal of Ellie in The Last of Us and its Left Behind expansion. Troy Baker and Nolan North have both received three nominations each.

Chloe

Chloe (also Chloë, Chloé), () is a feminine name, meaning "blooming" or "fertility". It has been a very popular name in the United Kingdom since about 1990, peaking in popularity later in the 1990s and during the first decade of the 21st century. The name comes from the Greek χλόη (khlóē), of the many names of the Greek goddess Demeter, and refers to the young, green foliage or shoots of plants. The name appears in the New Testament, in 1 Corinthians 1:11 in the context of "the house of Chloe". The French equivalent is spelled Chloé.

Claudia Black

Claudia Lee Black (born 11 October 1972) is an Australian actress and voice actress, best known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun in Farscape, Vala Mal Doran in Stargate SG-1 and Sharon "Shazza" Montgomery in the film Pitch Black. She has had prominent roles in video games, such as Chloe Frazer in Uncharted, Morrigan in Dragon Age, Admiral Daro'Xen and Matriarch Aethyta in Mass Effect and Samantha Byrne in Gears of War 3. She also had a one time role in Rick and Morty as 'Ma-aha' in 'Rasing Gazorpasorp'.She had a recurring role as Dahlia in The Originals and also starred as Dr. Sabine Lommers in The CW's Containment.

Frazer (name)

Frazer is both a given name and a surname. It is the Anglisized form of the Gaelic personal name Frasach (the generous/fruitful one). It was the epithet for an 8th-century Irish high king Niall Frasach mac Fergaile. It can also be spelt Frossach.

Notable people with the name include:

Given name:

Frazer Hines, British actor

Frazer Irving, British comic artist

Frazer Richardson (born 1982), English footballerSurname:

Augustus Simon Frazer (1776–1835), British Army officer during the Napoleonic Wars

Bob Frazer, Canadian actor

Charles Fraser (botanist) (1788–1831), Scottish-born botanist and explorer in Australia

Dan Frazer, American actor

Gordon Frazer, Australian engineer

Jendayi Frazer, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs

James George Frazer (1854–1941), Scottish social anthropologist, author of The Golden Bough

John Frazer, British architect

J. D. Frazer, pen name Illiad, artist and writer of the webcomic User Friendly

Joseph W. Frazer, American automobile executive

Lucy Frazer, British M.P.

Margaret Frazer (1946–2013), American writer

Persifor Frazer (1736–1792), American Revolutionary officer

Ron Frazer (1928–1983), Australian actor and comedian

William C. Frazer (1776–1838) U.S. federal territorial judgeFictional characters:

Frazer Yeats, a character from the Network Ten soap opera Neighbours

Chloe Frazer, a character from the video game Uncharted franchise

Private James Frazer, a character in the British television sitcom Dad's Army

List of Uncharted characters

The Uncharted series, created by video game developer Naughty Dog (with one title developed by SCE Bend Studio), features many characters. The series includes the video games Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, as well as a motion comic prequel, Uncharted: Eye of Indra. It primarily focuses on the exploits of treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his associates as they hunt down various mystical artefacts. In Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, he must stop a group of mercenaries from collecting a cursed golden idol known as "El Dorado" and using it as a biological weapon. In Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, he races a homicidal war criminal to find the powerful and mythical Cintamani Stone in Shambhala. In Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, he competes with a secret order to search for the fabled 'Iram of the Pillars', and in the prequel comic Uncharted: Eye of Indra, he works for an Indonesian crime lord in order to get the money needed to raise the coffin of his supposed relative Sir Francis Drake.

Nathan Drake is the playable character of the series. He has a shady past, in which he associated with a number of thieves and black market salesmen in order to obtain various valuable items. The development team sought to make him a generally average and likeable character. He is accompanied by a number of characters, the main ones being Elena Fisher and Victor Sullivan. He has had two love interests in the series so far; the before mentioned Elena Fisher, a reporter and now his wife, and Chloe Frazer, another treasure hunter and an old flame, but was involved with Rika Raja in the motion comic. He is also accompanied by his longtime friend, associate, and mentor Victor Sullivan.

A team at Naughty Dog designed the character appearances, and Amy Hennig was the main writer of their personalities and mannerisms. The voice actors were given considerable license to improvise the lines and influence character personality, and also performed the motion capture work for their characters. Many of the characters were meant to highlight different aspects of Drake's personality. Reception to the characters in the series have been fairly positive, with most commentators focusing on the believable nature of the characters and their interactions with each other. The inclusion of strong female characters has also received praise, though one commentator pointed out that the women still fall into cliché roles. The voice acting has also received acclaim, including two Interactive Achievement Award nominations.

Masako Katsuki

Masako Katsuki (勝生 真沙子, Katsuki Masako, born Shiono (塩野), October 15) is a Japanese voice actress and narrator formerly affiliated with Theater Echo and now with 81 Produce. Following her debut in Shiroi Kiba: White Fang Monotagari as the role of Mary Scott, Katsuki has lent her voice to several notable anime, Japanese-dubbed films and TV series, games, drama CDs, narration, and commercials. Some of her best-known roles include: Maria Von Trapp in Trapp Family Story, Reccoa Londe in Zeta Gundam, Maya Kitajima in Glass Mask, Masuyo Ikari in High School! Kimengumi, Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune in Sailor Moon and Tsunade in Naruto.

Michelle Lee (actress)

Michelle Lee (born August 2, 1978) (also known as Michelle Charlene Lee and Michelle C. Lee) is a Chinese American female martial artist, stuntwoman and actress. Since early 2000s, Lee played and provided stunts and motion capture for dozens of films, series and video games, including for the roles of Ada Wong in Resident Evil 6 and Mileena in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy.

Nathan Drake (character)

Nathan "Nate" Drake (born Nathan Morgan) is the protagonist of the Uncharted video game series, developed by Naughty Dog. He appears in all mainline games: Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, the spinoffs Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Uncharted: Fight for Fortune, the motion comic prequel series Uncharted: Eye of Indra by DC Comics, and other related media. A charismatic yet rebellious treasure hunter, the player controls Drake as he journeys across the world to uncover various historical mysteries. He is played through voice and motion capture by Nolan North, who influenced Drake's personality by ad-libbing segments of the character's dialogue.

Naughty Dog based Drake's appearance and personality on daredevil Johnny Knoxville, actor Harrison Ford, and the heroes of pulp magazines, novels and films. To make him relatable, the character was dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, and given an everyman persona; he is strong-willed, and often jokes and quips. The designers focused on giving him realistic reactions to his environment; for example, he stumbles while running, barely clears objects during leaps, and recognizes the absurdity of the situations in which he finds himself.

The design and personality of Drake have drawn comparisons to other video game and film characters, such as Lara Croft and Indiana Jones. Many reviewers have called Drake a likable and believable character, and have noted that he is a rare example of a physically attractive character who is not hypermasculine.

Spike Video Game Awards

The Spike Video Game Awards (short VGAs, known as the VGX for the final show) was an annual award show hosted by American television network Spike between 2003 and 2013 that recognized the best computer and video games of the year. The VGAs featured live music performances and appearances by popular performers in music, movies, and television. Additionally, preview trailers for upcoming games were highlighted. The show was produced by GameTrailers TV's Geoff Keighley. The event was held at various locations in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California as well as Las Vegas, Nevada. The first event was held on December 2, 2003 (aired on December 4) while the last event was held on December 7, 2013. Spike's only Video Game Hall of Fame award, given to The Legend of Zelda, was awarded at the 2011 awards show. On November 15, 2013, Spike announced a new format under the name VGX, calling it "The next generation of the VGAs". The last award show, carrying this name, aired on December 7. Changes from the previous format included "in-depth extended demos of the next generation of games and interactive one-on-one interviews and panels in an intimate studio setting."On November 10, 2014, it was announced that Spike would drop their award show, ending their decade-long run. Geoff Keighley went on to create his own video game award show in the form of The Game Awards starting in that year, dropping the support from Spike.

The Game Awards 2017

The Game Awards 2017 was an award show that honored the best video games of 2017, and took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on December 7, 2017. The event was hosted by Geoff Keighley, and was live streamed around the world across various platforms, with 11.5 million viewers in total watching the event. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild won three awards, including Game of the Year and Best Game Direction. Two indie games, Cuphead and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, also won three awards each.

Uncharted

Uncharted is an action-adventure third-person shooter platform video game series developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for PlayStation consoles. The series follows protagonist Nathan "Nate" Drake (portrayed by Nolan North through voice and motion capture), a charismatic yet obsessive treasure hunter who journeys across the world to uncover various historical mysteries.

The main series began with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, released on the PlayStation 3 in 2007, followed by its sequels Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009), Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011), with the final installment, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, released on the PlayStation 4 in 2016. A prequel, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, was released for Sony's PlayStation Vita handheld system in 2011, followed by the card game spin-off Uncharted: Fight for Fortune in 2012. A standalone expansion to the series, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, was released in 2017, with Chloe Frazer as the game's playable protagonist.

All four games in the main series have been widely credited by critics and video game publications for raising the standards of single-player video games, particularly with the series' second installment, Among Thieves, which is considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. Reviewers have praised the games for their high production values, quality in storytelling, character design and animation, voice acting, realistic graphics, technical innovation, music score, gameplay mechanics, and delivering an enjoyably cinematic gaming experience to players. Critics have likened the series to Hollywood-produced action adventure films, particularly with the Indiana Jones films, and Tomb Raider, which helped pioneer the action-adventure genre in video gaming.

After the release of Uncharted 4, the series had sold over 41 million units, with the fourth installment becoming the highest-selling in the series with over 8.7 million copies sold. The critical and commercial success of the Uncharted games have been pivotal to the success of PlayStation during the seventh and eighth generation of video game consoles, and has helped elevate Naughty Dog's reputation to a highly respected video game developer in the industry.

Voice acting

Voice acting is the art of performing voice-overs or providing voices to represent a character or to provide information to an audience or user. Examples include animated, off-stage, off-screen or non-visible characters in various works, including feature films, dubbed foreign language films, animated short films, television programs, commercials, radio or audio dramas, comedy, video games, puppet shows, amusement rides, audiobooks and documentaries. Voice acting is also done for small handheld audio games.

Performers are called voice actors or actresses, voice artists or voice talent. Their roles may also involve singing, although a second voice actor is sometimes cast as the character's singing voice. Voice acting is recognised in Britain as a specialized dramatic profession, chiefly owing to the BBC's long tradition of radio drama.Voice artists are also used to record the individual sample fragments played back by a computer in an automated announcement.

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