Games Design: Designing for the User

Driving Game GUI’s

Burnout Paradise


Burnout Paradise has a game GUI menu to show the main world map that shows challenge locations and options to change some settings but also has a good in game GUI built into the in-game HUD. This is a very good feature as the player doesn’t have to pause or exit the game to enter an online game, as a player you carry on driving in the same position in the online mode just as in the offline mode seamlessly. The in game GUI is positioned to the left hand side of the screen to avoid obscuring your view of the road ahead, and it is well laid out with an easily distinguishable colour scheme.

Gran Turismo 5


By stark contrast Gran Turismo 5 has a very complicated GUI lay out, there are lots of options and game modes for the player to explore. For me the layout is too complex and slow, loading screens seem to pop up every time you want to change something or enter a different game mode.


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