History YMMV / CallOfDutyBlackOps

7th Sep '17 11:31:19 PM Kadorhal
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* SpecialEffectFailure: In "U.S.D.D.", there's a brief scene during the meeting with JFK where Mason hallucinates a 1911 pistol in his hand, turning to face him and aiming it at his face before things go back to normal. ''Much'' later in the game, when it's glossing over the possibility that Mason really did shoot JFK, rather than reusing that bit of animation... they simply put a still picture of JFK from that cutscene and overlay the 1911's regular in-game animations over it.



* WinBackTheCrowd: After the dedicated server brouhaha with ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare: Black Ops'' came to PC with dedicated servers and a server browser again. Not to mention the return of [[VideoGame/NaziZombies everybody's favorite gamemode from World at War]]. Black Ops 2 is also having this effect from the moment of its trailer's debut. Less linear gameplay and different endings based on how you do? The cries of stagnation are finished.

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* WinBackTheCrowd: After the dedicated server brouhaha with ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare: Black Ops'' came to PC with dedicated servers and a server browser again. Not to mention the return of [[VideoGame/NaziZombies [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyZombies everybody's favorite gamemode from World at War]]. Black Ops 2 is also having this effect from the moment of its trailer's debut. Less linear gameplay and different endings based on how you do? The cries of stagnation are finished.War]].
18th Jul '17 2:41:21 PM Tehrannotaur
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* CompleteMonster: {{General|Ripper}} Nikita [[BigBad Dragovich]] is a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who creates the "numbers" program that [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashes captive American soldiers]] into sleeper agents to kill their own people. Dragovich first demonstrated his untrustworthy and callous nature at Stalingrad, when he deserted his own men and left them to be butchered by the German forces. After the war, Dragovich would lead a project to recover the biochemical Nova 6 weapon. To test its effectiveness, Dragovich and his [[TheDragon right-hand-man]] {{Colonel|Kilgore}} Lev Krevchenko used it on Russian soldiers, including [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar Dimitri Petrenko]]]]. Dragovich would later become one of the Soviet Union's most powerful members, where he would capture [[spoiler: [[PlayerCharacter Alex Mason]]]] and brainwash him into becoming a presidential assassin. Even worse, Dragovich planned to use his sleeper agents to release Nova 6 on the whole of the United States.

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* CompleteMonster: {{General|Ripper}} Nikita [[BigBad Dragovich]] is a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who creates the "numbers" program that [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashes captive American soldiers]] into sleeper agents to kill their own people. Dragovich first demonstrated his untrustworthy and callous [[LackOfEmpathy callous]] nature at Stalingrad, when he deserted his own men and left them to be butchered by the German forces. After the war, Dragovich would lead a project to recover the biochemical Nova 6 weapon. To test its effectiveness, Dragovich and his [[TheDragon right-hand-man]] {{Colonel|Kilgore}} Lev Krevchenko used it on Russian soldiers, including [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyWorldAtWar Dimitri Petrenko]]]]. Dragovich would later become one of the Soviet Union's most powerful members, where he would capture [[spoiler: [[PlayerCharacter Alex Mason]]]] and brainwash him into becoming a presidential assassin. Even worse, Dragovich planned to use his sleeper agents to release Nova 6 on the whole of the United States.
5th Apr '17 7:29:16 AM theenglishman
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** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0zVL8IRRvo The floating apple]], a TakeThat against people who overreact to {{Game Breaking Bug}}s in multiplayer.

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** [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0zVL8IRRvo com/watch?v=HTtzoIusyh4 The floating apple]], a TakeThat against people who overreact to {{Game Breaking Bug}}s in multiplayer.
2nd Mar '17 3:23:28 PM Josef5678
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* FridgeBrilliance: Reznov, why are you so useless in combat since Vorkuta? [[spoiler:Because he's not actually there.]]
** Why do enemies keep shouting "VORKUTA!" during combat? [[spoiler: That's where you were brainwashed.]]
** [[spoiler: Right after Woods sacrifices himself, you hallucinate he's asking you if you're okay, before it turns out it's actually Reznov asking the question. They're both dead.]]
*** Wait, if [[spoiler: most of]] the missions are told via Flashback, why can I play as Hudson? [[spoiler: Because he's the one interrogating Mason.]]
*** [[spoiler: Foreshadowed in ''Numbers'' when you, playing as Hudson, dish out a little bit of "Press X To Torture" on Dr. Clarke.]]
** After Vorkuta, how the hell did Mason sneak back across the Berlin Wall? [[spoiler: Dragovich needed him to because of the brainwash, and probably had some strings pulled to facilitate it.]]
** A common complaint about the multiplayer is that lag can make it look like you were killed after you hid behind cover, leading people to call them magic bullets. Remember, this is a game involving the Kennedy Assassination; magic bullets are par for the course.
* FridgeHorror:
** After playing ''Black Ops'', you can't help but despair [[spoiler: whenever you finish ''World At War'', knowing that instead of their much-deserved "heroes return", Petrenko will be horribly killed within a few months and Reznov will be thrown into a hellhole gulag for nearly two decades.]]



* NightmareFuel: Reznov frequently shows up to help Mason in battle. Over the course of the game, one cannot help but get the feeling that something is wrong with how convenient his appearances are. This creepy, unsettling feeling reaches a peak [[spoiler: at the end of "Rebirth" and during "Revelations,"]] where it is revealed [[spoiler: he was a figment of Mason's brainwashed mind all along.]] There are also the implications that [[spoiler: JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was also a Soviet sleeper agent ("Oswald... compromised...")]] and that [[spoiler: Mason eventually kills JFK in the very last moments of the final cutscene.]]
** How about Reznov reverse brainwashing Mason to seek revenge on his enemies? Couple with the moral choices in ''World at War...''
** Looking at intel can be exceptionally creepy, because all the ambient noise is erased from the room, as well as the music, except for this ongoing, creepy, wheezing noise like deep breathing or some kind of ventilation machine. It begins to wear on you after about two minutes and becomes [[ParanoiaFuel deeply unnerving]] after five. It's never specified [[NothingIsScarier what it is]], either...
** "Revelations." All of it. Mason [[spoiler: experiences a numbers-addled FreakOut as he staggers through the halls of the facility, experiencing flashbacks and suffering immense pain as the numbers affect him. The imagery, combined with the dissonant, echoing effect of the sound clips, is truly terrifying]]. It ceases at the very end, however, with Hudson doing his GlassesPull [[NarmCharm with a quick, action-packed guitar riff playing.]]
* [[OneSceneWonder One Mission Wonder]]: [[spoiler:Dimitri Petrenko.]]

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* NightmareFuel: Reznov frequently shows up to help Mason in battle. Over the course of the game, one cannot help but get the feeling that something is wrong with how convenient his appearances are. This creepy, unsettling feeling reaches a peak [[spoiler: at the end of "Rebirth" and during "Revelations,"]] where it is revealed [[spoiler: he was a figment of Mason's brainwashed mind all along.]] There are also the implications that [[spoiler: JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was also a Soviet sleeper agent ("Oswald... compromised...")]] and that [[spoiler: Mason eventually kills JFK in the very last moments of the final cutscene.]]
** How about Reznov reverse brainwashing Mason to seek revenge on his enemies? Couple with the moral choices in ''World at War...''
** Looking at intel can be exceptionally creepy, because all the ambient noise is erased from the room, as well as the music, except for this ongoing, creepy, wheezing noise like deep breathing or some kind of ventilation machine. It begins to wear on you after about two minutes and becomes [[ParanoiaFuel deeply unnerving]] after five. It's never specified [[NothingIsScarier what it is]], either...
** "Revelations." All of it. Mason [[spoiler: experiences a numbers-addled FreakOut as he staggers through the halls of the facility, experiencing flashbacks and suffering immense pain as the numbers affect him. The imagery, combined with the dissonant, echoing effect of the sound clips, is truly terrifying]]. It ceases at the very end, however, with Hudson doing his GlassesPull [[NarmCharm with a quick, action-packed guitar riff playing.]]
* [[OneSceneWonder One Mission Wonder]]:
OneSceneWonder: [[spoiler:Dimitri Petrenko.]]
2nd Mar '17 3:17:27 PM Josef5678
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** Heavenly might be taking it a bit far... Castro's definitely portrayed unsympathetically, but everything you do in the game is made to seem shady at best, unethical at worst. The Castro mission was no exception.
** On the other hand, Castro is shown to be quite cordial with Dragovich. Castro may have not known how much of a CompleteMonster Dragovich was, but still.
2nd Mar '17 3:17:04 PM Josef5678
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* MemeticMutation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0zVL8IRRvo The floating apple]], a TakeThat against people who overreact to {{Game Breaking Bug}}s in multiplayer.

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* MemeticMutation: MemeticMutation:
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0zVL8IRRvo The floating apple]], a TakeThat against people who overreact to {{Game Breaking Bug}}s in multiplayer.



* PlayerPunch: [[spoiler: Dimitri Petrenko]]'s death.

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* PlayerPunch: PlayerPunch:
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[[spoiler: Dimitri Petrenko]]'s death.



* SpiritualLicensee: To ''Film/TheRock.'' Modern Warfare had already tried their hand at a homage to the movie with its rescue of Price heavily based on Mason's infiltration of Alcatraz. Black Ops however is almost a prequel showing Hummel before staging his blackmail attempt, with Hudson voiced by Harris, a deadly chemical weapon serving as a precursor to VX and a character named Mason who had BeenThereShapedHistory.

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* SpiritualLicensee: To ''Film/TheRock.'' Modern Warfare ''Modern Warfare'' had already tried their hand at a homage to the movie with its rescue of Price heavily based on Mason's infiltration of Alcatraz. Black Ops however ''Black Ops'', however, is almost a prequel showing Hummel before staging his blackmail attempt, with Hudson voiced by Harris, a deadly chemical weapon serving as a precursor to VX and a character named Mason who had BeenThereShapedHistory.
19th Feb '17 1:17:22 PM Josef5678
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* HarsherInHindsight: ''Black Ops'' is on both sides of this trope. One one side, the final level of ''World at War'' has Reznov stating that he and Petrenko will return to Russia as heroes. [[spoiler: In ''Black Ops'', they are betrayed by Dragovich. Petrenko gets a brutal CruelAndUnusualDeath and Reznov spends the next 18 years locked up in a HellholePrison.]] Also, one of the lyrics in the game's closing theme [[Music/{{Eminem}} Won't Back Down]] is "I'll drink gasoline and eat a lit match". In ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops 2]]'', [[spoiler:if Karma dies and you spare Menendez, then Menendez will do exactly that.]]

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* HarsherInHindsight: HarsherInHindsight:
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''Black Ops'' is on both sides of this trope. One one side, the final level of ''World at War'' has Reznov stating that he and Petrenko will return to Russia as heroes. [[spoiler: In ''Black Ops'', they are betrayed by Dragovich. Petrenko gets a brutal CruelAndUnusualDeath and Reznov spends the next 18 years locked up in a HellholePrison.]] Also, one of the lyrics in the game's closing theme [[Music/{{Eminem}} Won't Back Down]] is "I'll drink gasoline and eat a lit match". In ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops 2]]'', [[spoiler:if Karma dies and you spare Menendez, then Menendez will do exactly that.]]


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** An InUniverse example in the form of a letter in the game. If the player checks the mailbox for Bruce Harris in the terminal, they can read a letter from Harris's wife telling him not to climb the Eiffel Tower due to his fear of heights. [[spoiler:In "WMD", falling off a catwalk after it was hit with an RPG is exactly how he dies.]]
28th Jan '17 10:34:39 PM FlakyPorcupine
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* {{Anvilicious}}: Killing Castro in the first mission (or rather, his double) causes you to get the achievement "Death to Dictators", and the killing shot goes into slow motion while heavenly music plays. It's pretty heavy-handed, especially considering that Castro is a living leader of a modern country. The Cuban government was not pleased when they found out. They even accused the US of trying to do virtually what they failed to do in Real Life.

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* {{Anvilicious}}: Killing Castro in the first mission (or rather, his double) causes you to get the achievement "Death to Dictators", and the killing shot goes into slow motion while heavenly music plays. It's pretty heavy-handed, especially considering that Castro is was a living leader of a modern country.country (at the time of the game's release, anyway). The Cuban government was not pleased when they found out. They even accused the US of trying to do virtually what they failed to do in Real Life.RealLife.
6th Dec '16 11:32:00 PM SnowHesher
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*** Fans of the game have nicknamed it "the Hallway of Death" because of the endless, aggressive enemy spawns in that part of the mission.
22nd Oct '16 4:15:30 PM infernape612
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* HarsherInHindsight: ''Black Ops'' is on both sides of this trope. One one side, the final level of ''World at War'' has Reznov stating that he and Petrenko will return to Russia as heroes. [[spoiler: In ''Black Ops'', they are betrayed by Dragovich. Petrenko gets a brutal CruelAndUnusualDeath and Reznov spends the next 18 years locked up in a HellholePrison.]] Also, one of the lyrics in the game's closing theme [[Music/{{Eminem}} Won't Back Down]] is "I'll drink gasoline and eat a lit match". [[spoiler:In ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops 2]]'', if Karma dies and you spare Menendez, then Menendez will do exactly that.]]

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* HarsherInHindsight: ''Black Ops'' is on both sides of this trope. One one side, the final level of ''World at War'' has Reznov stating that he and Petrenko will return to Russia as heroes. [[spoiler: In ''Black Ops'', they are betrayed by Dragovich. Petrenko gets a brutal CruelAndUnusualDeath and Reznov spends the next 18 years locked up in a HellholePrison.]] Also, one of the lyrics in the game's closing theme [[Music/{{Eminem}} Won't Back Down]] is "I'll drink gasoline and eat a lit match". [[spoiler:In In ''[[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 Black Ops 2]]'', if [[spoiler:if Karma dies and you spare Menendez, then Menendez will do exactly that.]]
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