Well one trophy states you have to complete the game with no vita-chambers, and me being a trophy collector, I did it. But even if you did have Vita-chambers, it would only be one bit of health with every wrench strike =/
Ain't that the truth. I was playing the second game for the third or fourth time and I was taking on that very first Big Daddy...yeah...lets just say that it reminded of that scene in 'Fantasia' when the stegosaurus and the T-rex were squaring off, circling eachother face to face.
To be fair, I've played both BioShock's many times,Big Daddies are still a challenge to me, but not a chore. If you have experience, the only way you'd really die is if you're so involved in the fight you loose track of your health. But I agree, be smart about them on. Don't just go up and smack him with your wrench or drill.