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Call of Duty: Black Ops is the seventh edition of the Call of Duty FPS franchise, which is set during the Cold War theater, and casts the player in the role of various special forces soldiers conducting covert top secret operations colloquially known as 'black ops' that which governments maintain deniable knowledge of. As with previous Call of Duty games, the player will switch between different characters engaged in operations around the globe that include Vietnam, Russia, Cuba and Laos. The two primary characters are soldiers Alex Mason and CIA agent Jason Hudson, members of the black ops group known as the Studies and Observations Group (SOG), who have been tasked with investigating and dealing with the Nova-6, an experimental Soviet chemical weapon.

As with its predecessors, Black Ops comes with online and offline multiplayer support that features the usual game modes including Free-for-All, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag, during which players will once again earn XP points and gain new ranks. Returning from Treyarch's previous Call of Duty outing, World at War is a zombie co-op mode that allows two players to play together offline and four players online. Players will be able to earn CoD Points, which are awarded as the player earns XP, with CoD Points being awarded at a rate of 1 for every 10XP earned. These can then be put on bets on special 'wager matches', which if won gives the player additional CoD Points and XP.

A new feature in Black Ops is the Create a Class 2.0, which allows players to more extensively customize their multiplayer character, including dog tags, camo patterns, emblem and gun sight reticules. Also included for the first time to a CoD game is the ability to pilot aircraft which comes in the form of the Hind helicopter gunship and the SR-71 Blackbird stealth plane.


Call of Duty: Black Ops PlayStation 3 Commandeering an assault boat.
Call of Duty: Black Ops PlayStation 3 Approaching the enemy from the river under the cover of night
Call of Duty: Black Ops PlayStation 3 Taking out the German communications outpost
Call of Duty: Black Ops PlayStation 3 Secret WWII mission to capture Dr. Steiner.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Call of Duty 7" -- Informal title
  • "Blops" -- Common abbreviation
  • "コール オブ デューティ ブラックオプス" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GameGavel.com Feb 15, 2011 A 100
ZoKnowsGaming Nov 16, 2010 10 out of 10 100
Cheat Code Central 2010 4.9 out of 5 98
GameTrailers Nov 09, 2010 9.3 out of 10 93
1UP Nov 09, 2010 A- 91
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 09, 2010 18 out of 20 90
Softpedia Nov 18, 2010 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Nov 08, 2010 80 out of 100 80
Giant Bomb Nov 09, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Game Talk Nov 19, 2010 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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  • The Game Awards
    • 2018 – Best Audio Design – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Action Game – Nominated
    • 2018 – Best Multiplayer Game – Nominated

German versions

There exist two versions with German language: one with a USK rating and one with PEGI18+. Both feature a different amount of cuts and, in contrast to the uncut version, the Windows version can be unlocked on Steam. In the USK version the whole torture sequence from the mission "Numbers", cut off limbs, gore effect in zombie mode, burning enemies and some level specific decorations were all removed. Additionally the song Symphony of the Dead was removed, the German audio version was cut in some instances and all swastikas were replaced with iron crosses. A detailed list of all changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

The German PEGI version features only the replaced swastikas and the cuts in the German audio. Symphony of the Dead and the torture sequence are there, but the latter with two smaller cuts. A detailed list of all changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).


If you have collected all intel items in the mission Crash site, you can read a report about using Patrol Boat River (PBR) to transport special agents. A reference is named where an agent was transported on a PBR upon the Nung river to eliminate a renegade Special Forces colonel. Well, the Nung river is fictions and is used in the novella Heart of Darkness as well as in the movie which belong to that novella: Apocalypse Now. There a special agent is ordered to kill a renegade Special Forces colonel.

References: Terminal

This game contains a rather unusual easter egg; interacting with the start menu in an unorthodox fashion frees the player from the bonds of an interrogation chair and allows him to wander a sinister chamber, in the corner of which is an old computer terminal containing several files and simulated programs tied in to the game's story (keyboard interaction with the simulated terminal is effected through a virtual keyboard presented on-screen and navigated using the joystick).

Additionally, the terminal can run Zork I, Infocom's chart-topping fantasy text adventure of the early 1980s, part of publisher Activision's portfolio since absorbing Infocom in 1986 and last seen in 2000 in their Zork Classics: Interactive Fiction compilation.

A Wired commentator notes:

"Although Infocom is long gone, Activision still owns the brand, which means the Call of Duty publishing company can include Zork in every game it releases.

Did you hear that, Activision? We demand Zork in every game you release."

Accessing Zork unlocks an achievement, Eaten by a grue.

References to the game

Call of Duty: Black Ops was parodied in an episode of "Die Redaktion" (The Editorial Team), a monthly comedy video produced by the German gaming magazine GameStar. It was published on the DVD of issue 02/2011.

Weapon models

Much like for Call of Duty: World at War, the World War II era weapon models are re-used from Call of Duty 2. They were re-skinned with higher resolution textures, but the reload animations remain the same.

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