Tom's Hardware claims to have been watching STALKER since its announcement in 2001, back when it was known as Oblivion Lost. We don't recall this, so we'll take his word for it - since he's good for his word. But now that the rest of the gaming world is keeping a close eye on the project, can Tom add anything new to the stew? The site's writer gets a hands-on run with the game's multiplayer feature and does a pretty good job of laying out the scene. The piece gets a little fanboy-ish at times, but, hey, we've all been there. One worrisome detail at the end of the preview mentions where the game stands with multiplayer. If they're planning on actually releasing this title in Q1 2005, it seems to us that they should be farther along than supporting 4 players in deathmatch.