War stories can only be told so many times, right? When you come to recounting the history of World War II a sixteenth time, chances are you're going to be telling the exact same tale. But what about the soldiers that are never mentioned? The operatives that, officially, don't exist - their actions never documented and their accomplishments never commended?
Treyarch is telling the story of the Cold War in Call of Duty: Black Ops, but from a very different point of view. You get to play as an elite soldier - the best of the best - as you tackle these questionable and top-secret missions. Sabotage and stealth are your weapons here as you fight enemies in the Soviet Union, Vietnam and many other warzones that were present during the time of the Cold War.
As a member of an elite force, inspired by the real-life Studies and Observations Group, your word on the battlefield is final. Whether it's in the snowy peaks of Russia or in the burning landscape of Hue City, your actions help drive fellow units to victory. Leaping from one soldier's personal experience to another, crossing time periods and countries along the way, allows for a branching storyline that intertwines with all of these soldier's lives.
And just like many Call of Duty games before it, Black Ops will feature an extensive multiplayer mode, offering intense warfare with friends and strangers alike over the internet.