By Darren Franich
May 24, 2011 at 05:25 PM EDT

Most of the chatter around the Call of Duty franchise focuses on the games’ multiplayer system, which, depending on your perspective, is either a brilliant stealth method for teaching the youth of America how to approach situations strategically… or an online fifth-grade frathouse where barely pubescent goons invent colorful new idiot-slang while killing untold billions of digi-people. But the single-player storylines for recent Call of Duty games have also been interesting, and by interesting, I mean bananas. That’s especially true of the Modern Warfare series, which has featured a Russian invasion of America, a controversial level that practically forced you to kill innocent civilians, enough paranoid double-crosses to fill several seasons of 24, and a poetically hilarious mini-level about an ill-fated astronaut. The trailer for Modern Warfare 3 just hit the internet, and if the scenes are any indication, the game will feature nothing less than the complete destruction of the world. England, France, and Germany — I’m sorry, “3NGLAND,” “FRANC3,” and “G3RMANY” — get wrecked, and it looks like New York is getting the Michael Bay treatment. Nihilistic, apocalyptic, and quite probably the fastest-selling entertainment thing in history: Who’s excited for Nov. 8th? Watch the trailer after the jump…

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