A heads-up display, often abbreviated as HUD, is a set of indicators used in most games to show the player's current status in a game, such as the score, health and the like.
A HUD can be used to convey many different types of information, such as time, score, money, health, armor, weaponry, ammunition, warnings (eg "wrong way" in a race) maps with blips and subtitles of conversations.
The HUD GTA games may display the following information:
- Weapon selected and amount of ammunition.
- Amount of health.
- Amount of armor.
- Mission title (GTA III onwards) when starting a mission.
- Oxygen remaining (GTA San Andreas) or stamina (GTA Vice City Stories) when in water.
- Gang respect (GTA 2).
- Player character stats and skills (GTA San Andreas).
- Wanted level. Starting with GTA San Andreas (except GTA Advance), the wanted level interface does not appear until the player has a wanted level.
- Time (GTA III and later, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto Advance), indicated by a 24-hour clock.
- Vehicle speed (GTA Advance), in kilometers per hour.
- The vehicle the player enters.
- The district the player enters.
- The street the player enters (Grand Theft Auto IV).
- Location compasses, compass points to key locations (GTA 1 to GTA 2).
- A radar, a small map of the player's current location (GTA III onwards). Altitude meters are also integrated into the radar for GTA San Andreas and The Ballad of Gay Tony.
GTA 1 — GTA 2
GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories
GTA III (PC/Xbox version) (PS2 version).
GTA San Andreas. The bottom money counter shows the player is in debt as a result of gambling.
GTA Liberty City Stories (PS2 version) (PSP version).