They got the Rolling Stones in there. They got Creedence Clearwater Revival, too. Without the presence of the decade's biggest cultural phenomenon, however, can we really be sure this game takes place during the 1960s? Where are The Beatles?
Oh. Sure, that'll do.
Here's a relatively obscure Easter egg that we might just be imagining. In the mission Crash Site, you'll pass a bunch of soldiers on your way to the river boat. Some are snapping photographs, some are guarding prisoners and some are walking patrol. If you take a closer look at the latter group, you'll notice that two of these soldiers – Private Hammond and Private Clarkson – share their names with hosts of Top Gear, a popular British TV series about cars.
Coincidence? Yeah, probably.
In our previous feature, we covered three different Easter eggs in Nuketown. Turns out we barely scratched the surface of surprises – here are four more things to notice the next time you're visiting this tiny, testing-ground town. Thanks to Activision's Dan Amrich for detailing all of these on his blog.
Alex Mason and Frank Woods: campaign protagonists, Black Ops teammates, Vietnam war buddies and now, apparently, peaceful suburban neighbors. Happy endings do exist!
Remember how the "Welcome to Nuketown" sign changed its population number based on how many players were on the map? In related news, this clock tower counts off the minutes based on how time is left in your multiplayer match.
Okay, so the infamous mannequin Easter egg – the one that required you to shoot off all of their heads in "record time" – didn't have that satisfying of a reward. We prefer this more obvious, and yet more terrifyingly subtle Easter egg, in which the gender, number and positions of the mannequins shift each time you start a new match. They live…
Finally, these two holes in Nuketown's fence are no mere decoration. The RC-XD can drive through them and explore areas beyond the normal limitations of the map. Forget your kill count – there's a ramp out there!
We've already discussed how similar the mission Crash Site is to the film Apocalypse Now. One of our readers, however, pointed out another reference – the Achievement for finishing said mission is titled "Never get off the boat," which is a slight variation on a very famous quote from the movie.
We described this shortcut in a separate post, but neglected to include it on our official Easter eggs list. So just to make sure all cheaters are satisfied… yes, you can type "3ARC INTEL" into the game's hidden computer terminal to instantly unlock and uncensor everything from the confidential Intel section of the main menu.
Though wouldn't you rather remain honest and earn an Achievement / Trophy by using our Call of Duty: Black Ops intel locations guide instead? Of course you would.
Nov 23, 2010
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