Survival gameplay and first-person action will blend together in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, the long-awaited game from THQ and GSC Game World. When it finally ships next month, S.T.A.L.KE.R. will have two halves. There's the ambitious single-player game that will put you in the midst of the exclusion zone that surrounds the infamous Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Then there's the multiplayer game that will let you run-and-gun online with and against other players.
Gamespot had a chance to check out the multiplayer beta test going on right now, and the multiplayer is going for a more traditional run-and-gun style of action that shooter fans are familiar with. The three modes in the beta are deathmatch, team deathmatch, and artifact hunt, which is basically a variation of the popular capture-the-flag mode.