Things you may have missed in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops trailer

A brand new gameplay trailer for Treyarch's upcoming Cold War 'em up Call of Duty: Black Ops has been released, and it's absolutely packed with stuff. Gameplay, weapon and story details abound, but there's just one catch. Being a fast-cut, adrenalin-haemorraging trailer, most of details fly by too quickly to spot.

But not any more.

We've done our traditional fine-toothing job and pulled out every detail you need to know about. What have we found out? Black Ops could turn out to be way better than you ever expected...


Improved looks (everywhere)

Just look at the lighting, the solidity, and the maelstrom of particle effects throughout the trailer. It's clear that Treyarch have got their hands on all of the upgrades Infinity Ward added to the Modern Warfare engine during the production of MW2.

Missile base (0:15)

We can see US troops ploughing towards what looks very much like a missile launch silo in the background. We don't know the location of this scene, but given the time period, a secret recon hit in Cuba wouldn't be implausible.

Chemical warfare (0.18)

A still-frame of one of the rapidly-flashed government documents reveals it to be dated July the 21st, 1961. Again, we're in prime Cold War territory. The Cuban missile discovery was made in September of 1962, so this doesn't relate to that, but we're definitely looking at a similar national threat.

We can't make out all of the report, but it looks like it might detail a potential chemical attack. We're told of 'transmissions containing alarming and cryptic something', and research involving 'an unknown gas of potentially far greater potential for devastation'.

Reznov? (0.19)

That guy looks suspiciously like Reznov, the Russian sniper voiced by Gary Oldman in Call of Duty: World at War. Suspiciously like him. Could Treyarch be setting him up as their own recurring Captain Price figure?

Improved destructiblity (0.22)

Wooden shack + explosives = plank fountain. In the wake of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, we're expecting improved destructibility, at least in certain structures, and this looks to be a hint that we'll get it.

Helicopter piloting (0.29)

CoD and helicopters. Yawn. It's nothing new. Or is it? (clue: it is!). The big difference here from the series' usual treatment of rotar-bladed flight sequences is that we're actually seeing it from the cockpit, right through the windscreen. Does that mean we'll get to pilot the thing directly? We think so.

Switching sides (0.34)

We think we detect a Russian accent on our partner there. We suspect this means, as we've already suggested, that Black Ops' campaign will take in not only a wide variety of time periods, but also several different international perspectives on the overall story. Murky moral ambiguity ahoy!

Epic set-pieces (0.36)

We're rapelling in through a window, and shooting out the glass as we go, meaning that Black Ops has now transcended its roots as a Cold War FPS and become a full-blown Die Hard simulator. With modern(ish) weapons and tactics at their disposal, Treyarch are taking this one toe-to-toe with Modern Warfare. Mark our words.

It's unclear though, whether this is an interactive sequence or a cut-scene, but we'd guess that it's one of CoD's trademark, manually-controlled 'Get this right or die!' sequences.

Up-close stealth killing (0.40)

Dropping down a cliffside to infiltrate a mountain base, one of our chaps quietly does over a guard from behind. The two Modern Warfares had standout stealth infiltration levels, so we reckon this is a hint of something similar. And hopefully  it means we'll get up-close and personal stealth killing this time around though, rather than just the usual silenced gunplay.


  • Annihilator - May 29, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    I'm not sure if anyone else caught on, but on the document that described a "gas," is it possible that it could be a broad reference to element 115, it could also be possible that IF there is a Zombie Mode, that document could possibly be a load screen or something along the lines of the "Character Bios" option in CoD:WaW, only with briefings? I just throwing ideas out there, but that my analysis...
  • Skykid - May 21, 2010 8:54 p.m.

  • xXwatsthepointXx - May 21, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    This looks cool and all but wasn't this game supposed to be an axis WW2 game.
  • Limbo - May 21, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    The crossbow looks badass, but I'm sure it will just become the generic noob weapon for online. I'm also concerned that when they say that stuff at the beginning about conspiracy they mean that they are going to fill the story with stupid things that didn't actually happen. Still super excited though, I remember WaW being an all around fun experience, while MW2 had several flaws in its multiplayer that ruined the experience sometimes. Also, more zombies for sure. It was too successful in WaW to leave it out. PS: Was it just my laptop or did the trailer look like shit?
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - May 21, 2010 12:38 a.m.

    @pimlicosound hey the guy in the front was actually shooting if you look. @PaulieWaulie i actually thought that the WAW was really unbalanced. MP40s EVERYwhere.
  • awil117 - May 20, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    I just need zombies. That's about it.
  • FantasticMrStarFox - May 20, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    this game looks awesome.
  • pat5556 - May 20, 2010 5:40 p.m.

    Looks great, can't wait for it. This is the fourth game my dad has ever been exited about :P Also, the crossbow looks exactly like the sniper mine in Ratchet and even has a sniper scope :O
  • Snapp3r - May 20, 2010 3:08 p.m.

    Explosive freakin' crossbow. I'm sold.
  • philipshaw - May 20, 2010 9:45 a.m.

    I will wait for reviews before deciding to pick it up or not,because I'm not that hyped for this game
  • Crabhand - May 20, 2010 9:25 a.m.

    Exploding Crossbow? I can't confidently claim without having seen it, but it seems like a re-skinned noobtube. That aside, I was pretty underwhelmed by WaW, and this sordid business between Infinity Ward and Activision has me weary to buy another CoD.
  • baldwarfury - May 20, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    At the end the person is holding a pistol the name Sally does any one know who sally is? maybe from nazi zombies or something like that.
  • thegoose - May 20, 2010 2:48 a.m.

    I saw little vietnamese children with AK-47s..definately buying!!!
  • ChuckB - May 20, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    @dp: they are adding 10 dollars to the PC version. Main complaint is the fire at the beginning: so PS2. =/
  • GODSACE - May 20, 2010 12:12 a.m.

    the rear(top) seat is the helo's pilot, looked like a cobra then the second one the russian helo. the front seat is radar/weapons control officer
  • NightCrawler_358 - May 20, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    I don't know about this one. It's the same game with new colors every year, yet it always beats everyone out. Its a good game, but how will it pair up against Socom 4, Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Medal of Honor and all the other famous shooters coming out late 2010? so concludes my rant.
  • lovinmyps3 - May 19, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    Vietcong zombies!! That'd be cool! I'm interested in this mostly because of the time period. The cold war is much more interesting than the setting of MW2.
  • gopikmin - May 19, 2010 10:36 p.m.

    i can easily see how they will balance the explosive crossbow. 1) it will take a while to reload 2) it will hall an arc shorter than a launcher gun 3) it will probably have not a lot of ammo like 5 max.that is what i can get off the top of my head
  • michaelmcc827 - May 19, 2010 10:35 p.m. give..a..shit..can't...ahghguhghghg...
  • batmanboy11 - May 19, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    Good article and suprisingly I actually noticed 5 or 6 of these in the trailer before reading this.

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