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'Modern Warfare 3' trailer explodes with n00bs, guns, stars


Dear 'Modern Warfare 3' players, remember to have patience with the n00bs.

Only one more day to go until "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" launches and gamers get their chance to jump into the gun-filled war fantasy that could be this year's best-selling video game. And to ease these final hours of waiting, Activision has released a highly polished, highly explosive live action trailer celebrating the game's pending arrival.

The trailer — which stars Hollywood actors Sam Worthington ("Avatar") and Jonah Hill ("Superbad") — gives us a look at what it would be like if, say, we could actually set foot into the game itself. It also reminds us that n00bs are soldiers too ... they just need a little practice.

These star-studded live action launch trailers are becoming something of a tradition for the "Call of Duty" franchise.

For the launch of last year's "Call of Duty: Black Ops" game, Activision released this live action trailer featuring a cast of every day Joes and Janes (as well as talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and NBA star Kobe Bryant) enjoying a bit of pretend gun sport. Though the entire thing remained bloodless (much like this year's trailer), it did stir up a bit of controversy.

My only complaint about this new live-action trailer is its lack of, well, women. That was one of my favorite things about the "Black Ops" trailer — it showed that we ladyfolk enjoy playing games with guns too. (No really!) But it's a minor quibble.

And while we're on the topic of big game launches and live action trailers, take a gander at this smokin' trailer for "Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" — which also happens to launch this week.

Glitzy guns, grenades and dragons aside, the big question is: Which game will you be spending your hard-earned money on this week? 

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