Health bars are decidedly old school, minimalist H.U.D's and no life bars decidedly new school. Personally I find the idea of hiding to recover health a tad unrealistic, especially in say rainbow six or any other realistic shooter, the absurdity is akin to eating a pounder from Mc Donalds, with extra bacon and double cheese while on a diet.
I'm not here to debate which is better, or why they suck, they both make for fun times. I'm here to talk about how stupid games can be if you don't suspend disbelief.
Health bars, lord knows if I could see mine I probably wouldn't be sitting in this chair on a cblog. If I could see other peoples, I'd mostly be a dick, but I cant so why should my character be able to. Sure without them games would be frustrating, but surely games are supposed to be realistic now right? I don't want to have fun, I want to play a game where I am an ordinary dude who cant take 30 shots to the chest and be fine after picking up a med kit. I certainly don't want to have a good time.
Now med kits, health packs, herbs or even fucking burgers. They are the instant health boost that will make a man who is bleeding internally feel the best he has ever felt. Burgers don't do that, if anything the should kill you faster, make you character morbidly obese and bless him with the power of salmonella, especially that giant pounder pictured above. Even more so it's usually just lying on the floor. Not only is it theft, it's gross. really gross.
Now any one who has played cod 4, rainbow 6 and pretty much ever other fps released or hear a games journo wank over the the new health style system will know what I'm talking about. Every one of these games lets you play as the fucking t1000.
You can take as much punishment as you want, give it a few seconds and you're good as new, the only thing that can stop you is god damn lava, or the fact you suck at games. This would be cool if you were playing a terminator game that didn't suck major ass, but since a terminator game like that doesn't exist, you are not. No usually you're just a normal guy who is super glad he wasn't stuck with a health bar and an addiction to pain killers like last generations protagonists. So this is pretty much a big screw you to Call of Duty 2. I can understand if the t1000 went back in time, killed a bunch of nazi's while looking for john conor, but i highly doubt it
Clearly i prefer health bars over near semi-god like invincibility.
Kinda like Kevin Sorbo