Call of Duty: Black Ops debut trailer dissected

The first trailer for Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops has debuted with 53 seconds of insanely fast cuts. So come on in, check out the video, and join us as we dissect it frame by frame to find out what we can expect from the latest chapter in the Call of Duty series…

Above: The debut trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops

Above: As the camera pans over what appears to be an operating room, an unidentified voice says “And now wait a few moments – let him rest. This should help you remember everything.” Sounds like the barrage of images that follow are memories of things you’ve done in the past, or rather, things that you’ll do in the game… 

Above: Look carefully, and you’ll see a date listed in the bottom-right corner of the screen. It says “2010:03:2"

Above: CVG recently reported that CoD: Black Ops might take place in Vietnam, the Arctic, and Cuba. If this is true, these nuclear mushroom clouds could be from the portion of the campaign set in Cuba 

Above: It appears to be a laboratory of sorts. Perhaps these men of science are the reason why you’re lying on the table at the beginning of the trailer

Above: Looks like you’ll be going “First Blood” on enemies with this bow and arrow. Expect arrow kill videos to be the next hot thing on YouTube

Above: These guys look like they’re dressed for cold weather and seems to further  confirm the Arctic as a setting in the campaign

Above: Note the hand in the bottom center. We’re betting you’ll get a chance to steer this helicopter

Above: The CoD series has always made powerful transitions from cinematic cutscenes to gameplay. We’re betting this snapshot of you rappelling down from this helicopter represents one of these moments

Above: Could the deep sea be the next new environment type we get to explore? Maybe the answer isn’t that complicated. Look at the wreckage near the bottom of the image. Looks like your chopper crashed into the sea…

Above: Years of watching Hollywood movies set in Vietnam has taught us that these are the backs of Americans fighting in Vietnam

Above: More chopper porn

Above: This screenshot screams “Apocalypse Now.” We’re hoping that this boat will play a role in a co-op mission with one player driving and the other shooting

Above: It’s almost certainly an image from the campaign, but all we can think about is how much we hate the guy who calls in air support in multiplayer and kills with it right before we get a chance to summon ours

Above: “The pain is difficult, isn’t it?” says the sinister character (who has yet to be named). Notice how the tools on the table are now bloody by this point

Above: This looks like a total “Die Hard” moment. It looks like you’ve shot at a window so that you can shatter the glass and swing in with your handy rope

Above: It appears to be from the point of view of someone riding in the belly of a chopper. Looks like helicopters will be a big deal in Black Ops

Above: The orange glow makes it seem like a huge explosion is happening off-screen. It looks like the character is base jumping from a cliff to avoid the blast before he opens his parachute

Above: With lots of helicopters comes lots reasons to repel into dangerous situations. We’re beginning to see a strong theme here

Above: You don’t get a nicely framed shot like this unless you’re one of the main characters in the game. Say hello to your new partner. His friendly face and trustworthy facial hair makes it unlikely that he’ll betray you later

Above: A fighter jet pilot who appears to be boarding an SR-71, a long range reconnaissance air craft that was introduced in the mid-60s

Above: Although the SR-71 looks like a pretty cherry jet, it’s actually almost FIFTY YEARS OLD. Keep in mind that there were no cutscenes in the last CoD game. Everything unfolds from a character’s point of view

Above: The very last action shot in the trailer. We think this will be you

Above: The end of the epic 53 second trailer with the game's title and release date. Tell us what you think we missed!

May 1, 2010


  • codtools - March 16, 2012 8:14 a.m. Black ops: Call of Duty Tools Here!
  • ZuluSierraPapa - May 7, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    Is that an RPK in the 16th picture? Awesome.
  • acdcrock - May 6, 2010 11:17 p.m.

    6th from the bottom is Rambo, 9th from the bottom is a scene from Apocalypse Now where they're gunning down a civilian. I'm thinking less homage to and more ripping from in this game.
  • Circlestrafe - May 6, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    I love it when people say 'imo' or 'imho' when posting what they think of a game. We ALREADY know it's YOUR opinion. You DON'T need to tell us. All CODs rocked (dunno about 3, I don't use the console, my kids do) EXCEPT MW2. End of story.
  • someone3225 - May 6, 2010 4:39 a.m.

    I believe its going to be a mix of all three themes, vietnam, cold war, and arctic or post nuclear world? I agree, i think the main character is probly some officer who got hit and hes being operated on and is having flashbacks of what hes done in the past, and then somehow itll tie into the now or "future".... on a sidenote didnt the creepy guys voice sound a bit like Makarov from MW2?
  • philipshaw - May 4, 2010 2:58 p.m.

    Couldn't care less about this game, new MOH will be better than the new COD
  • WhiskeyBit - May 4, 2010 1:17 a.m.

    @aberkromby: FINALY! Somone understands what I've been ramblin' bout for dadgum three years! I hate how the CoDs have always been recognized as "intellectual drama thrillers" when in truth, the main message of the game is SHOOT!SHOOT!SHOOT!DONTPAYATTENTIONTOTHESTORYJUSTKEEPSHOOOOTING!!INCOMING RPG B000000M!! Also it doesn't take an idiot to realize how much they copy from other movies and such (most prominet accurence is on MW2's level entitled "Wolverines!" Obviously derived from the film "Red Dawn")
  • DoctorCrazy - May 4, 2010 12:51 a.m. comes out on 9/11?
  • Skykid - May 3, 2010 10:40 p.m.

    Here is a little definition for you: Black Ops are supersecret, unauthorized, illegal military operations, sometimes deep behind enemy lines
  • Skykid - May 3, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    GR, I see a future fictional black ops picture from the trailer... The gun in the first winter shot is an Ausrian Stier AUG assault rifle Can any of you guys see it, or are you effing blind?
  • Skykid - May 3, 2010 10:31 p.m.

    I wonder if will be put forward a month, because.. you got Halo: Reach comming that month, and 360 players will be too busy with Reach and whatnot... Well, just sayn'
  • Skykid - May 3, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    SWEEEEET, Mesa want to kill some Commies. If there is Veit Cong Zombies, that game will be the shiznit, yo.
  • ensabahnur - May 3, 2010 6:52 p.m.

    Thanks for the breakdownguys, great job on it.
  • crazyqazqaz - May 3, 2010 5:16 p.m.

    I'm confused, can someone clear this up for me? Is it going to be based in a modern setting or in vietnam?
  • GG Gabby - May 3, 2010 8:01 a.m.

    Oh that's just great! We had people Spamming Akimbo 1887's in MW now we have Bow and arrows! What's next don't tell me they're aso Akimbo Compatible! lol XD
  • GG Gabby - May 3, 2010 7:59 a.m.

    Your new friend there doesn't look like Price's Mentor. It.....looks.....A Boss! XD lol
  • TheWebSwinger - May 3, 2010 7:25 a.m.

    Piloting a helicopter? ...pass. Otherwise, this actually looks very quality for a Treyarch CoD and all.
  • sklorbit - May 3, 2010 1:59 a.m.

    f'ing bow and arrow.
  • aberkromby - May 2, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    Call of Duty 2: Big Red One was my favorite... ever since that game, treyarche has tried to follow infinity ward's example with cinematic drama, and have FAILED just like IW did.... Hopefully, Treyarch has smartened up by now.
  • Tochy - May 2, 2010 10:50 p.m.

    who gives it fuck

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