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 life.
A HUD can be used to convey many different types of information, such as time, score, money, health, armor, weaponry, ammunition, warnings (e.g. "wrong way" in a race) maps with blips and subtitles of conversations.
The HUD GTA games may display the following information:
- Radar, a small map of the player's current location (GTA III onwards).
- Location compass, a compass point to key locations (GTA 1 to GTA 2).
- Weapon selected and ammunition.
- Mission Title (GTA III onwards)
- Lung Capacity (GTA San Andreas).
- Stamina (GTA Vice City Stories).
- Respect (GTA 2).
- Stats and skills (GTA San Andreas).
- Wanted level.
- Time (GTA III and later).
- Vehicle speed (GTA Advance).
- The vehicle the player enters. In GTA V, the vehicle name displayed in the lower right corner includes the car manufacturer, as well as its category (ex. Albany Cavalcade, SUVs).
- The district the player enters.
- The street the player enters (Grand Theft Auto IV).
- Character's special ability meter (Grand Theft Auto V).
Floating pickups, such as a police bribe are not considered to be a part of the HUD even though only the player can see them. This is also true for floating markers which indicate where to park or walk into.