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STALKER hands-on preview gives us meat

Ben Zackheim

IGN got some hands-on time with the upcoming first-person Half-Life-like shooter by THQ. They only got to touch the multiplayer aspects of the game, but it seems to have given them a good sense of the graphics and weapons. Some of the Counter-Strike "champions" are contributing to the game, so you have to assume the multiplayer will end up shiny. Unfortunately, the touted physics engine didn't make the cut for the demo. Apparently it wasn't ready to show. Overall, they seem impressed with their limited time with the title. It's due out in Q1 of 2005, and IGN agrees that could be possible from what they saw.

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