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Soldier 76 can be a key ally for 'Overwatch' players

Though Soldier 76 may be known around Overwatch as a rather “boring” character, this trooper is nevertheless ready to fight. Whether attacking or defending, Soldier 76 can launch helix rockets for sufficient damage, biotic fields for aid, and bring much more to the table, all of which makes him an extreme danger to enemies. Despite many references to the Soldier as the Pixar Call of Duty character, you can do really do well with this character, but you’re gonna need to use your smarts. If you’re looking to really buckle down and work for massive kill streaks and victories, be sure to use these five tips to help get you there.

Look at your gun

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Overwatch can be an incredibly fast-paced game with dangers around every corner. Though ammo is unlimited in the battlefield you will still have to be quite prompt about reloading to stay alive. While you can track your rounds by the ticker in the bottom right corner, Soldier’s gun can visually help players keeps track of their shells as well. Though rounds can be spotted it can be particularly helpful and easier to keep an eye on the bright orange helix rocket icon. This way you know when you have the ability and when you don’t all while keeping your eyes set on what’s coming your way.

Say ‘hello’ with your helix rockets

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Soldier’s sprint ability is one of his best traits as it’ll help you move around the map with ease, sometimes getting you out of sticky situations and sometimes into the same. A good rule of thumb is to always greet your enemies with your helix rockets. From tanks to supports these can catch an enemy off guard when you engage while also dealing a healthy blow of damage moments before you spray your rifle. Near or afar use these rockets as one of your most used tools and soon you’ll be saying goodbye to the enemy as fast as you’ve said hello.

Space your trigger

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Using Soldiers weapon is very different from actually knowing how it works. While it’s extremely easy to get trigger happy, notice that the longer you hold to shoot the wider the field of damage becomes which can ultimately decrease damage given when focusing on one enemy. In order to take out your opponents more accurately space your shots in short sporadic spurts instead of long-winded chamber emptying sprees. This way you can really lock onto your enemies better without even having to have or use your ultimate ability.

Use some height

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Most Soldier 76 players love to put Soldier in the thick of things thanks to his quick cool downs, reloads and impactful pulses. While this strategy can work it can also result in more deaths if you’re not too carefully supported or guarded. Surprising as it may seem giving yourself a height advantage can give your enemies an extreme disadvantage as most of the time they’ll be too distracted to notice where these death influencing blows are coming from. Turn your 1-1 plays into 10 player kill streaks as you shock your enemies from above then drop down for a bold reveal.

Desperate? Use your healer.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. While Soldier can take a bit of damage sometimes he takes it a little too well. While building a good consciousness of using your helix rockets and spraying your rifle can become a helpful habit. Using your biotic field can prove most beneficial when trapped in corners, needing to reload and even more. Let the healer do the grunt work and absorb your damage while you wait for your opponent to run out of ammo and reload. Escape death by the grit of your teeth and move on to the nearest health pack after.

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The best Wishstones in Lies of P
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Whether it is a FromSoftware game or a title from another developer, like Lies of P, each entry in the Soulslike genre adds a few new mechanics to stand out and bring a new flavor to the formula. On the surface, you might expect the whole Pinocchio thing to be enough for this game to stand out, but the team took things a few steps further. Aside from a unique take on the weapons system and lore, Lies of P has special items called Wishstones that can grant you powerful buffs. These stones can only be obtained by trading Golden Coin Fruits with a specific NPC, and are consumed upon use. To make sure you're able to maximize the benefits, here are the best Wishstones you should be using in Lies of P.
The best Wishstones in Lies of P

There are a total of 13 possible Wishstones to get, but not all are immediately available. If you see some you can't get quite yet, keep playing until you beat the Black Rabbit Brotherhood. Once that's done, all Wishstones will be available for sale.Here are thebest ones:
Recovery Wishstone
This is the first Wishstone you can get and is one you will probably want to keep at all times. The function here is simple: to passively restore your health for a short amount of time. Since Pulse Charges are so valuable, and you will run out very fast while exploring new areas or fighting bosses, this is a fantastic backup healing option. You do still need to play carefully, and time it right to make the most of it, but more healing is always needed in Lies of P.
Friendship Wishstone
While Lies of P doesn't allow for co-op like some other soulslike games, it does still have a summoning system where you can bring in NPCs to help you take down the cast of challenging bosses. These summons are called Specters, who will do their best to help, but they typically don't last all that long in a fight. If you're willing to use a Wishstone slot, the Friendship Wishstone can keep your loyal companion in the fight longer by giving them a bit of healing.
Courage Wishstone
Fable Arts are your more powerful, weapon-specific moves that consume a part of your Fable Bar to use. This makes it so you can't simply spam your most powerful attacks all the time, but sometimes you need that extra damage output to ekeout a victory. The Courage Wishstone makes that Fable Bar recharge much faster, allowing you to unleash those powerful moves more often.
Frenzy Wishstone
Back on the Specter side of things, these helpers are lacking when it comes to survivability, so you might as well make them pack a stronger punch to pull their weight before getting crushed. This Frenzy Wishstone fires them up to deal more damage. They won't be able to solo a boss for you or anything, but in a game like this, every single point of damage can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
Provocation Wishstone
What if you're feeling a little more ... cruel toward your Specter? There's no shame in it since they're only there to serve you, after all. With the Provocation Wishstone, you can put all the aggro onto your Specter, giving you some breathing room to heal, restore some Fable Arts, or just catch your breath. It also gives them a little defense buff so you don't have to feel too bad about it.
Explosive Wishstone
You might feel a little worse about using the Explosive Wishstone, however. Once activated, any time your unsuspecting Specter gets hit, they will explode and deal a nice chunk of damage to anything caught in the blast. If you're unsatisfied with what Specters can do for you normally, why not just turn them into a bomb?
Advance Wishstone
This Wishstone is the equivalent to the Courage Wishstone, only instead of boosting to your Fable bar, this one will help restore your Legion meter. Your various Legion arms are perhaps your greatest tool in Lies of P outside of your standard weaponry, but there's also a material cost. Unlike Fable, Legion does not replenish itself over time naturally and only comes back when you reach a Stargazer or use another consumable. You can bypass this limitation to get a few extra uses out of it with the Advance Wishstone, which gives you a little chunk back free of charge. This is best for builds that utilize Legion Arms more often, so it won't be a top pick for everyone.

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Best Xbox One deals: How to buy the discontinued console
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The Xbox One has been officially discontinued, but that doesn't mean it's unattainable. If you prefer the console over the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, you can still buy refurbished units from retailers like Amazon. With its expansive library of games that will keep both casual and hardcore players busy for a long time, the Xbox One remains a meaningful purchase, despite Microsoft's rollout of its new generation of consoles. While it struggled against Sony's PlayStation 4 due to a rocky launch in 2013 because of a limited selection of titles and a higher price tag, the Xbox One gracefully recovered. Helping it bounce back were console exclusives from the Halo, Forza, and Gears of War series. If you're planning to buy the Xbox One to enjoy video game deals on these exclusive titles, as well as popular cross-platform games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Red Dead Redemption 2, we've gathered the best Xbox One deals available online to help you in your search.

Another important characteristic of the Xbox One is its fantastic multimedia capabilities, with the Xbox One S being one of the most affordable 4K media players available on the market. The Xbox One S and the more powerful Xbox One X both boast a 4K Blu-ray player, a feature that isn't found in the PlayStation 4 Pro. For gamers who also want the option to watch their favorite movies and TV shows in crisp 4K from their console, the Xbox One is the machine for you.
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Xbox’s Phil Spencer responds to blockbuster leak: ‘So much has changed’
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Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has finally commented on the massive Xbox leak that happened earlier today. In his public statement, he explained that "so much has changed" since many of the documents were created and asked fans to be excited about Xbox's future.
On Tuesday morning, unredacted versions of a lot of documents pertaining to the Xbox vs. FTC trial appeared. These emails and documents, most of which were created or written sometime between 2020 and 2022, revealed a lot of unannounced information. That included things like a mid-gen refresh for the Xbox Series X and S, some unannounced Bethesda games, and even Microsoft's early goals for its next-generation console. Hours later, Spencer commented on the leak.
"We've seen the conversation around old emails and documents," Spencer explained on X (formerly known as Twitter). "It is hard to see our team's work shared in this way because so much has changed and there's so much to be excited about right now, and in the future. We will share the real plans when we are ready."
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At first, people didn't know where the leak came from, with the FTC quickly denying that it leaked these things. Ultimately, United States District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley revealed that Microsoft had done it to itself while trying to provide the court with a secure cloud link to relevant exhibits for the trial. The Verge went on to report that Phil Spencer also sent out a memo internally about the leaks today, echoing the statements in his tweet.
"Today, several documents submitted in the court proceedings related to our proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard were unintentionally disclosed. I know this is disappointing, even if many of the documents are well over a year old and our plans have evolved," Spencer's memo reads. "I also know we all take the confidentiality of our plans and our partners’ information very seriously. This leak obviously is not us living up to that expectation. We will learn from what happened and be better going forward. We all put incredible amounts of passion and energy into our work, and this is never how we want that hard work to be shared with the community. That said, there’s so much more to be excited about, and when we’re ready, we’ll share the real plans with our players. In closing, I appreciate all of the work that you pour into Team Xbox to surprise and delight our players."
The fact that Microsoft did this to itself is an embarrassing accident, especially when some of the information contained within the documents and emails is no longer accurate. For now, all we can do is wait and see if Microsoft will actually release new versions of its Xbox Series X and S consoles next year and if games like Doom Year Zero, a sequel to Ghostwire: Tokyo, and Dishonored 3 get announced.

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