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#1 Posted by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

Not sure if this is the right place but:

I'm looking to replace my current laptop (2009 or so Dell Studio 15). I currently have a desktop with an i7, gtx 760 ti, 16 gig of RAM, so that has been pretty solid for RAW editing and Photoshop (as well as video editing and gaming).

So I'm not looking to replace my desktop. What I want is something I can easily bring with me (throw in my camera backpack) and review pictures in the field and also have the ability to mess around with them if I'm on vacation or whatever. I will want to run Photoshop and a RAW editor (debating between Lightroom and Capture One Pro). Possibly do some light video editing as well. I don't care much about gaming on it, so no need to worry about that.

Currently, I am swept up in this whole 2-in-1 trend. I am also coming around to the idea of a tablet, but so far just the Surface Pro 4 since I can actually run Windows 10 on it and not have to rely on apps, like an iPad would require.

So far I am looking at a few options:

- Surface Book: really like these, but the price of the top of the range is pretty steep. Not sure if I need to go that high though. There are quite a few configurations, so perhaps I could get away with an i7, 8 gig of RAM, 256 gig SSD, and I believe you can still get a dedicated Nvidia graphics card with that configuration for around $1900.

- Surface Pro 4: seems like a possible alternative option, but I'm not sure how it would do with editing.

- Lenova Yoga 900: seems to be there new addition to the Yoga lineup, which I read in the past have been under powered compared to the competition.

- Dell XPS 13: not a 2-in-1 but seems like a pretty solid option for a smaller, lighter laptop. It only goes up to 8 gig of RAM it seems, but even then the top of the line one is cheaper than the Surface Book I noted with the i7, 8 gig of RAM, etc...

The reason I like the tablet conversion/hybrids are I find it cumbersome to walk around with a laptop, and really only use mine on a desk, which isn't always an option (not a fan of sitting with it on my lap, but the Surface Book still provides that option over the Surface Pro).

My main concern is I don't want to cut myself short.

I'm hoping I can get some info on this from the users on here.

Thanks for any help.

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#2 Edited by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

@harrygooch said:

I regret getting ps4. Not a single exclusive I want. Thankfully I bought the x1 and it has all the good exclusives, halo, forza, sunset overdrive, dead rising, and oh mannn tomb raider.... Playing tomb raider now. Wow just wow. Better than uncharted.

Except Tomb Raider is coming to PS4, it's just a time release, so the PS4 will have the new Tomb Raider and Uncharted 4. And Dead Rising is on PC, so again, not a true Xbox One exclusive. But Halo, I do miss Halo.

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#3 Posted by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

I don't have much of an issue with it, it's nice to have some voice acting around the world, but I do agree it's easier usually to read the dialogue and skip to the next line of it. Though, after reading the posts here I do see how it can ruin the immersion depending on the character you create. But I don't really have an issue with it.

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#4 Posted by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

Not at all. I know they don't have an actual mascot, but it's definitely not Snake. Not enough casual gamers know about the series (well, he is in Smash Bros so people may know him from that, but right there he can't be Sony's mascot). If anything, right now it's either Nathan Drake or Sackboy, as those are the two that Sony has displayed it seems most of the time in stores. But as others have said, Sony never stays still with one character, they like to release new games and series and keep things fresh.

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#5 Edited by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

Will try it out probably when it hits a sale. Currently, Bloodborne is my top PS4 game. However, I found with Beyond that I do enjoy the interactive story type games, so this one is definitely on my radar.

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#6 Edited by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

From your list I'd say the Nathan Drake Collection is a must and possibly GTA V (more fun if you then have people online to play with).

I'd also like to add Bloodborne (the version with the DLC comes out later in November I think), which is my favorite PS4 game so far. Also added to that list is Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin.

Playing Dragon Age: Inquisition right now, and liking it, and it doesn't require any knowledge of the prior two games (though of course it wouldn't hurt to know them, but it's not needed). It takes a while to really get going, but now I'm looking forward to seeing how the story goes now that things are happening.

Far Cry 4 has really great gameplay, but some of the characters are rather offensive/poorly written, which was a turn off for me. However, I found most of the really awful characters are side missions, so for the most part they can be avoided. That said, the story is still absolutely awful. However, exploring, taking over outposts, and even the actual missions are really fun, and I found myself wanting to take over every enemy outpost in the game.

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#7 Posted by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

@Coolyfett said:
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@Coolyfett said:

@blueboxdoctor: is there anything thats on ps3, ps4 or vita that plays anything like Monster Hunter?? They did Soul Sacrifice but it never took off.

Soul Sacrifice was just kind of boring, basically it was just a few of the same little arenas and they'd drop one of a select few monsters in it to fight. Eventually I think more were added via free content, but by then I lost interest. Apparently Toukiden Kiwami is similar to MH and is on PS4 and Vita, but I recall playing the demo for the one before it (this one is like the ultimate version of that with extra content but still the base game) and it felt average. Still trying to get into Freedom Wars on the Vita, and while it's not that bad it's still no MH.

Capcom really has that market down well. Even though the Lost Planet games had their flaws, they were also fun monster hunting games. Dragon's Dogma was also a very good first attempt at an open world type monster hunting game for them (while it's a RPG, it also has some of the feel of a MH game).

But at least they are still making the Monster Hunter series on the 3DS, and I must say, MH4 has some pretty nice improvements over MH3, so they're also doing a good job updating the series.

Dragons Dogma? Coolyfett will need to look into that one, thats on PS3.

Make sure you get the Dark Arisen version. It's the only way to get the Dark Arisen expansion/DLC with it, which introduces a whole new area designed for when you hit a higher level. And it adds a few nice little things, like fast travel. At this point it's pretty cheap, but well worth playing, a lot of variety in the classes you can be.

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#8 Edited by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

@Coolyfett said:

@blueboxdoctor: is there anything thats on ps3, ps4 or vita that plays anything like Monster Hunter?? They did Soul Sacrifice but it never took off.

Soul Sacrifice was just kind of boring, basically it was just a few of the same little arenas and they'd drop one of a select few monsters in it to fight. Eventually I think more were added via free content, but by then I lost interest. Apparently Toukiden Kiwami is similar to MH and is on PS4 and Vita, but I recall playing the demo for the one before it (this one is like the ultimate version of that with extra content but still the base game) and it felt average. Still trying to get into Freedom Wars on the Vita, and while it's not that bad it's still no MH.

Capcom really has that market down well. Even though the Lost Planet games had their flaws, they were also fun monster hunting games. Dragon's Dogma was also a very good first attempt at an open world type monster hunting game for them (while it's a RPG, it also has some of the feel of a MH game).

But at least they are still making the Monster Hunter series on the 3DS, and I must say, MH4 has some pretty nice improvements over MH3, so they're also doing a good job updating the series.

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#9 Posted by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

@Pikminmaniac said:

I'd like to see them bring back Spyro or Crash and really give them a proper, full fledged 3D platformer outing. As it stands, there's almost no 3D platformers around these days.

Agreed. While I never really played much of those particular games, I am a fan of the platforming genre, and would love to see more of them. For me, the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time trilogy had a nice mix of platforming and action/adventure, wouldn't mind seeing another one of those, and not the lame Forgotten Sands from last gen. But I also do enjoy the more cartoon like art design of the games you mentioned, so really, I'd be good with those as well.

As for my series, I'm still annoyed they let go of Monster Hunter. Makes no sense at all, especially if they ever considering actually wanting to sell Vitas.

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#10 Edited by blueboxdoctor (2549 posts) -

Well it does have a pretty diverse group of games. You say it needs games for kids yet you complain about the Lego games (note there is also Lego Dimensions, Disney Infinity, and Skylanders, not to mention LittleBigPlanet 3 [really good as are all of them] for kids, just to name a few of the big ones). And games for women? I'm sorry, but what makes up a game for a woman? Just curious.

My top PS4 game is a new Sony exclusive in Bloodborne, which is an absolutely fantastic game (sure, the amount of classes aren't very diverse, but in that case there's Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin). There are a lot of Sony exclusives to choose from. Uncharted 4 is on the way and I wouldn't be surprised if we get a new God of War and Gran Turismo (well, Gran Turismo is probably a given).

Horror games right now are mainly indie games, but you can always try Alien: Isolation, which on the hardest difficulty is very tense.

And I have a decent headset in the Sony made PS3 one which works with the PS4 and they made an updated version for the PS4. Not the greatest but I use it just fine for games and movies.

I agree the interface isn't the best, but I prefer it over the one Xbox has.

Addressing the updates, the one that lets you keep a game paused while the console is in rest mode is great and very appreciated as it's just like the Vita and the 3DS have, so good job there, and the other updates are likely stuff running in the background for stability.

But if you're not happy with it then so be it, nobody can tell you what to like.

Me, I am looking forward to Uncharted 4, Star Wars Battlefront (well, will likely get it on PC to play with more friends), Bloodborne DLC later this year, Dark Souls 3, new Deus Ex, and getting to The Witcher 3. Needless to say, I am happy with my PS4. And indies can be a lot of fun, most are like old school platformers.