The Pause Menu is a screen that appears all throughout the Grand Theft Auto series. It comes up whenever the player presses the "Start" button (Game Consoles) or the ESC button (PC). It is used when the player is finished playing for the day, when the player needs a break, to check the map or redefine controls.
Through the Pause Menu, the player can:
- Start a new game;
- Load or delete a game data;
- Check the map (GTA Vice City afterwards)
- Change settings and options;
- Quit the game;
- Save the game (only in GTA Chinatown Wars).