Secrets of the Call of Duty: Black Ops campaign teaser revealed

By now you've seen the new call of Duty: Black Ops single-player campaign teaser trailer that was released a few days ago. If you haven't, you'd better watch it now before we get started:

There's a bunch of helicopters, some explosions and a Terminator 2 inspired bit with motorbikes. But unless you've scanned it frame-by-frame and watched it back-to-back no fewer than 20 times, your vision holes are short-changing your brain.

Lucky for you, we are not eye slackers at GamesRadar. Even better, most of us rank pretty high on the obsessive-compulsive scale. Anyway, we have comprehensively ocularised the living crap out of the latest Black Ops trailer and pulled out the most priceless blink-and-you'll-miss-'em moments for you to enjoy and be moderately amazed by.

The familiar rocket

The upwardly thrusting missile of the video has previously made an appearance in the Black Ops multiplayer trailer as the fuel-burning centrepiece of the aptly named 'Launch' map, which is set at a launch facility somewhere in the Soviet Union:

The rocket is known as a Soyuz and was first used by the Russians in the 60s. Russians are known for their love of vodka.

The man shooting an empty car

This man appears to be unloading his assault rifle into an empty car. Either the vehicle has been completely evacuated of persons, or the persons is invisible, or the gunman is so angry he doesn't mind that he's wasting his time and ammo shooting a vacant automobile. A lot of crazy shit went down during the Cold War, so it could be any of the above.

The real-life US Secretary of Defense, 1961-1968

The sharp-suited man strutting through the corridors of the Pentagon is clearly Robert McNamara. His severe hair parting is as impeccable as it is unmistakeable. Robert McNamara was a real person. He was also pretty important.

Between 1961 and 1968 he was the US Secretary of Defence and served under John F Kennedy and Lyndon B Johnson. His middle name was 'Strange' and he had a love for analysis. It's highly doubtful that he'll be a playable character in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

The Russian dude from World at War

You may remember World at War's patriotic Red Army sergeant, Viktor Reznov. He's back and this is him. He's already been spotted in an earlier Black Ops demo crawling through tunnels in Vietnam with Captain Alex Mason. So it seems he's switched sides. It's hard to tell what he's doing here, although it looks like he's hiding. Perhaps he's dodging the age police as he clearly looks younger than he did during World War II:

In the image below he's punching a man in the head. He appears to be dressed in classic Soviet army attire (so this could be a flashback or he's being sneaky) and is carrying a PPSh-41 machinegun on his back.

There are several visual clues that point to a snowy, nautical setting. Let's say he's on a boat somewhere in the Arctic. That sounds feasible enough.

The secret stuff getting crossed out
There's a whole bunch of dodgy dossiers being roughly edited with a black marker, but the most interesting bit here is the reference to 'Operation 40'. What is Operation 40? In the game, Operation 40 is a Central Intelligence Agency sponsored faction and the name of a campaign level which features a playable CIA operative.

In actual 1960s Cold War reality, Operation 40 was a special group set up by President Eisenhower and backed by the CIA. It was active in the Caribbean, Cuba, Central America and Mexico. Its primary objectives unofficially included sabotage, assassination, interrogation, terrorism and killing Communists. They'll be playable in Black Ops multiplayer.

Next: Secrets you may or may not believe. 


  • The4X - November 24, 2010 12:36 p.m.

    @EdDeRs1 It's in Russian, it says: Danger! No trespassing! This sign is written correct, but there're a lot of wrong-made-russian-writings in game
  • soren7550 - October 19, 2010 4:49 p.m.

    This actually made me laugh a bit. Since I'm fairly good at spotting stuff in trailers, I think I should maybe try analyzing the sh!t out of this one.
  • muffinpantz - October 18, 2010 9:17 p.m.

    You guys missed something interesting - at the point where the two Soviet soldiers get pwned by dudes with AK-47's and then start to get up, the soldiers who are actually delivering the beat-down have "CCCP" written on the back of their jackets - or "SSSR." - which stands for the soviet union. That's soviet dudes getting beaten up by soviet dudes. Or really, there's no indication that the guys getting hit are Soviets either.
  • Timothy_Lemon - October 18, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    i love gary oldman
  • OD-Apache - October 17, 2010 10:20 p.m.

    Is Big Boss making an appearance? Because I'm pretty sure he just narrated.
  • thatguy749 - October 17, 2010 9:12 a.m.

    why havent i herd anything about nazi zombie?
  • ninjastrike34 - October 17, 2010 1:54 a.m.

    Hopefully this is more like COD 4 than Modern Warfare 2.
  • DevynDaBeast - October 16, 2010 10:46 p.m.

    The empty car they shoot up looks as if it has a siren on top. Something like, I don't know, maybe a police officer might drive! Also I'm not sure if y'all mentioned it before but they have some kind of underwater facility too. Kind of obvious but the missle explodes and I'm wondering if that has any real-life correlation. At 48 seconds it looks as if you are driving a truck with a roll cage and looking up to see a chopper go down. Also if you pause a bunch towards the end you see some interesting little bits. Things like the previous rocket explosion happens when it looks as if you're still heading to the lauch facility. How's that for ocular probing? *ReCAPTCHA - oropoles becaufe
  • philipshaw - October 16, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    Boring lol
  • flashback - October 16, 2010 10:45 a.m.

    You missed two things the car the guy shot at was a squad car and theres a butcher knife on the table at russian roulette part.
  • nikrusty - October 16, 2010 7:05 a.m.

    Mad game it will be...COD franchise is the gonna try the MOH soon too. By the way SPAM in ur comments...dudes do something!! Captcha - wanting growness
  • batman5273 - October 16, 2010 6:02 a.m.

    My cousin said you guessed correctly on most of the stuff, but they don't have any MW characters in the game (that he's aware of)
  • kriscotw9 - October 16, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    Ughh, okay why are there no people just completely abusing this game like they do in the other articles of black ops?? OH YEAH! its because people give the producers loads of shit for a game which they know nothing about, by this article alone you can see that this game is a must have for any gamer. it just pisses me off with all of the trolls who just abuse treyarch then go buy the game at the midnight launch. Hypocrites
  • imtrappedinaninvisiblebox - October 15, 2010 9:26 p.m.

    when it says, "You do not exist" or whatever line they use, Alex Mason's name is crossed off. Personally, I think that is a sure sign that you will play as him. Also, my reCAPTCHA tried to get me to type lamda. That is not on my keyboard, reCAPTCHA.
  • saywhaat - October 15, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    @Dondada lol i already figured it out. nice of you to spot that
  • Dondada - October 15, 2010 7:07 p.m.

    How about the door number being 32 and the guys last name being Mason in the same shot. Have fun figuring that one out.
  • Gyohdon - October 15, 2010 6:54 p.m.

    You liked the part where the graphics were looking like shit. Halo > CoD
  • minelbp - October 15, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    i have a good feeling about this one. And are we going to see what will happen to soap and price in Modern Warfare 3, or is sledgehammer games going to not conclude that story. I mean not saying the story in MW2 was good on any stretch of land, but that last two missions were actually good compared to the rest of the game.
  • SwampRock - October 15, 2010 6:15 p.m.

    you guys make it sound like the SP will actually be worth something, let's hope that's true.
  • Cleanser247 - October 15, 2010 5:47 p.m.

    Damn, this looks exciting!

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