12 more Easter eggs from Call of Duty: Black Ops

Black Ops Beatlemania

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.

Call of Duty: Top Gear

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.

More mysteries of Nuketown

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!

Apocalypse Now Redux

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.

The ultimate cheat code

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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  • callofdutyfan - April 25, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    wow that kino der toten one with the music easter egg i can only make it to round 8 on solo but on xbox live i get up to round thirty
  • Guyman2 - April 25, 2011 6:39 p.m.

    You should think. all of this is a fat bull shit
  • Guyman2 - April 23, 2011 2:51 a.m.

    in the summit if you get in that cart that is off map and you have the RPG and UZI and you shoot the ground with ether of them the cart automaticly starts to move. you auto die but dont worry thats good.[i recomend this to 18yrs or older]. you appear in a little bity town called emotrop and a naked lady pops out and starts to leave. dont chase her. go kill yourself. she will lap dance if you commit suocide. but im warning you your system might corrupt after this.
  • Guyman2 - April 23, 2011 2:41 a.m.

    You forgot that if you shoot all the body parts {that are able to come off} with in 35 seconds you automaticly get Kowloon map and all killstreaks all weapons everything. if you just shoot the right arm off that cellar for when a nuke come will open an you will find the ray gun with infinite ammo. there is not a platinum trophie/achievment called GUNS OF GLORY when you look at your trophie list but when you get the ray gun a trophie comes up as a platinum. you will become level 10 on ps3 network but you will need to get all trophies for COD: black ops before you do this. also when you have reached the score in nuketown. you know how they set nuke off. if you stay in the cellar the whole game you can get out of it after the nuke has been set off and see the damage it caused you will also get the trophie [stayin after the credits] but you dont see this trophie ether in the trophie menu.
  • tommyCisme - January 31, 2011 4:59 a.m.

    You guys are all morons... That "clock tower" in the center doesn't count down till the end of the match. That's the "Doomsday Clock", look it up in Wikipedia. It predicts how far Americans are from nuclear attack. Midnight is an attack (i.e. 12 minutes to Midnight). Hence the nuke that goes off at the end of each match. Stupid idiots.
  • killa14 - January 17, 2011 5:58 p.m.

    I found another easter egg on nuke town. you have to have the python with the augh snipe on it i think thats how you spell it im not sure but youll find it then go 2 nuke town n take out the pyhton n without aiming look off the glass of the snipe n try movin in a circle n youll see the bus thats in the middle of the map off the glass but your no were near it............ easter egg???????
  • dontshootthereviewer - November 28, 2010 1:34 a.m.

    I saw a Pvt. Peppers on a mission one time so that kinda counts as a Beatles too
  • brifri626 - November 27, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    There are holes in every map. haven't you noticed?
  • Apollo13ATL - November 25, 2010 7:04 a.m.

    Someone probably posted this, but if you go to the computer terminal and type login then type jfkennedy as username and lancer as password, you can log in as JFK.
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  • Amnesiac - November 24, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    Sgt. Pepper got a chuckle out of me.
  • Wolverine08 - November 24, 2010 5:27 p.m.

    Damn I wish I mentioned that Top Gear one, I spotted it a while back and thought it was just me... also I'm pretty sure in an earlier mission there's a Captain May as well....but WHERE'S STIG!!! btw, SPAMMERS PISS OFF BACK TO IGN FOOLS!!!!!!!!
  • Spartan11794 - November 24, 2010 4:17 p.m.

    Hey thats the video for the Kino der Toten movie easter egg I posted! Hooray! I helped!
  • sleepy92ismypsn - November 24, 2010 7:02 a.m.

    Sgt. Peppers hahaha This game has some cool easter eggs. *goes to play Black ops* Oh right, it's 2 in the morning...*goes to take prescription adderall*
  • RadimirWackytov - November 24, 2010 6:29 a.m.

    Wait. Why the fuck would a fallout shelter have a turbine vent on the top? Wouldn't that defeat the purpose of a FALLOUT SHELTER? Also, I utterly fail at the Nuketown RC-XD tracks. I always fall short and auto-detonate.
  • SONSET - November 24, 2010 5:51 a.m.

    Guess Bowmen wasn't allowed in that neighborhood...wonder why....either they don't dont show.....or they dont care about whats going on in the hood......thats what its all about Trey
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - November 24, 2010 1:55 a.m.

    i wouldn't really feel honest using a guide either
  • FnKaiser - November 24, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    That's awesome. I must try those RC-XD tracks now
  • Fishow753 - November 24, 2010 1:25 a.m.

    Another Apocalypse Now reference is in one of the intels for Crash Sight, in which they describe the plot of the entire movie, only blacking out the names
  • FourassedGump - November 24, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    You missed the clock that tells the actual time in nuketown. You also missed all the other RC-XD tracks, I'm pretty sure that there's one in every level. ReCaptcha: music! Derregoe

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