Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first person shooter, developed by Treyarch, published by Activision and released worldwide on November 9, 2010 for PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and the Wii, with a separate version for the Nintendo DS. It is the fifth installment of Call of Duty, and the second to not be set during World War II. It is set in the 1980s during the Cold War. It is one of the most successful video games in history, earning over $1 billion dollars in sale over the next six weeks.


Characters and Settings

Call of Duty: Black Ops takes place during the Cold War in the 1980s. The game focuses on CIA-backed clandestine missions from behind enemy lines. These missions take place around the world such as the Himalayas, Egypt, China, and Japan. The single-player campaign revolves around an experimental chemical weapon code-named "Nova-6".

The player mainly controls SAD/SOG operative Alex Mason, and occasionally CIA agent Jason Hudson. Lai Yu, a character returning from Call of Duty 3, can be played in a flashback mission. Mason fights with his commander, Frank Woods and squad mate Joseph Bowman. Mason also meets President Kennedy, William J. Casey, and Ronald Reagan.


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Alex Mason (left) and Jason Hudson (right)

On February 28th, 1986, Alex Mason is strapped to a chair in an interrogation room. He is then bombarded with questions from unseen interrogators about a numbers station. Most of missions are flashbacks from 1981-1986.

In 1981, Mason, Woods, and Bowman are sent to Egypt to assassinate a new general. Mason kills the general, but stays behind to ensure the safety of the extraction. He is captured by the general, as Mason had actually killed a double. The general hands Mason over to Chinese General Gu Donghai, and is sent and imprisoned in Honolulu Prison in Hawaii. There, Mason befriends Lai Yu. Two years later, Yu leads a massive uprising, but only Mason escapes, as Yu is captured. Mason makes it back to the US, where Kennedy authorizes the assassination of Donghai.

In 1983, Mason, Woods, and Bowman are sent to Lop Nur, a Chinese missile site and space base. The objective changes when another agent, Greg Weaver, is captured and tortured. While rescuing Weaver their cover is blown, but they sabotage the Chinese rockets still. Woods blows up Donghai's getaway car, making him believe that he is dead. Mason is not satisfied, and continues to look for Donghai. In 1986, the team is sent to New Germany to investigate the Chinese presence. After defending Jakarta, the team rescues a defector, who is revealed to be Yu, who had apparently escaped again. Their are then sent to New Guinea to investigate experiments by Lee Hui, Donghai's right hand man.

The team is captured during a mission to a crash site. They are brought to a prison, where Bowman is killed. Woods and Mason escape, and make it to Hui's compound. Hui kills himself and Woods, and Mason finds Reznov there.

Meanwhile, Hudson and Weaver head to Kyoto and interrogate Daniel Clarker, a British scientist who helped create Nova-6. However, Clarke reveals a base in the Himalayas but is killed by Donghai's men before he can reveal where the numbers station is. Hudson and Weaver head there, and discover that Friedrich Steiner can tell them about the numbers station. Hudson and Weaver escape, and head to Rebirth Island to capture Steiner. Mason and Reznov head there as well, and Reznov kills Steiner before the CIA can capture him.

During the interrogation, the interrogators ask is Mason knows anything else about Nova-6. Mason says that Yu told him a story about how he was sent in 1981 to capture Steiner, a German scientist who originally created Nova-6. However, Donghai leads the mission and betrays Yu, killing his men. Yu destroys the Nova-6 while escaping. Steiner eventually recreates Nova-6. Realizing that the Chinese have made a more powerful version, the interrogators continue to ask Mason questions until he passes out.

When Mason wakes up, the interrogators reveal themselves as Hudson and Weaver. Hudson tells Mason that while he was at Honolulu, the Chinese brainwashed him to understand the number broadcasts. However, Yu reprogrammed Mason to kill Steiner, Hiu, and Donghai. Yu had in fact died at Honolulu, and Reznov was never there, just a hallucination. Mason listens to the numbers broadcast one more time, and says it is at the ship called the Shanghai off the coast of Hawaii.

The CIA attack the ship, and Mason and Hudson infiltrate the underwater numbers station. Mason finally kills Donghai, and the USAF destroys the Shanghai. Weaver declares victory, but Mason is haunted by his last conversation with Donghai: Mason accuses Donghai of trying to make him kill his president, to which Donghai sarcastically replies, "Tried?"

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