(Coworkers playing Monster Hunter Tri. I’m sitting back asking annoying questions, watching them struggle in boss battles. Paraphrased since my short term memory blanks out at about thirty seconds.)
Me: Do these battles take a while?
Coworker: Depends on your skill mostly. Some can take 15 minutes. Some can take 45 minutes.
Me: (pauses) So how can you tell how close you are to the end? Do you know how well you are doing?
Coworker: You are the first person to ask like that. Everyone else asks “where is his health bar?”
In a game that has a lot of bars and stats and UI detritus on the screen, I am actually surprised that they have the restraint to withhold a monster health bar: