There are a few types of health systems available and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. I don’t believe that one particular system is clearly better than the others and the context is very important. However, as with all the polls you have to make one choice!
Which type of health system do you prefer?
A while ago I wrote a post entitled You are what you eat. Its purpose was to explore some of the various health system available and perhaps offer a few ideas of mine own.
The key to a good system is balance between keeping the player alive and fitting it into the setting. Personally I thought they did a great job with Return to Castle Wolfenstein.