Capable and CompetentThey can take care of themselves. Although Nathan Drake mentions that these women are skilled and capable, we also see it in action. Throughout the course of the game, both women act as computer-controlled allies, who are right in the thick of things, shooting their way through tides of enemies. They don't get in your way, and you're always glad they have your back. No Women in Refrigerators The forutunes of Chloe Frazier and Elena Fisher do not exist to solely serve the personal development of Nathan Drake. They're well-rounded characters rather than plot devices. This point is related to the first one. Both characters are pursuing their own interests, and these interests at times conflict with what Drake wants to do. And sometimes it forces Drake to look at himself, his motivations, and what's important to him. But his personal growth doesn't take place at the expense of Elena or Chloe. Neither Elena nor Chloe are women in refrigerators. [caption id="attachment_276" align="alignright" width="127" caption="Elena Fisher from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves"][/caption] Elena is Not a "Bond Girl" After the events of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, a lot of people expected Elena Fisher to be tossed aside. Elena kicked serious ass in the first game, and Naughty Dog decided to bring her back. This was met with a lot of support from fans who came to love Elena as a clever, witty, and great character in the first game. No "Catfighting" When you have two women in a videogame, each of which are or were involved with the main character, one almost automatically expects the developers to do a horribly cliched thing: have two women fight over a man. This didn't happen in Uncharted 2, and the game's plot and characters were much stronger for it. Chloe and Elena actually seemed to take a liking to each other. They interacted with each other with a sense of humour and cameraderie that comes with shared experiences—being stuck in serious, life-threatening situations with Nathan Drake. Each woman has some of the best and choices lines in the game, and they play off of each other so well. It wouldn't have been either woman's personality to fight each other over Drake because they're both independent, practical, strong women. It's refreshing to see the developers not take the easy way out. Has anyone else played Uncharted 2? What did you think about Chloe and Elena, and were there any other positive aspects about the portrayal of Elena and Chloe you could think of?
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