When you start Wasteland 2: Director's Cut, the game will launch directly into the Main Menu. You'll see a number of different choices here.

Continue continues the game from where you last saved.

Load allows you to pick from one of your saved games and load to that specific point.

New Game starts a new adventure in the Wasteland, allowing you to create a new squad of Rangers, or pick a pre-created squad and dive in.

Options allows you to configure different aspects of gameplay.

  • Gameplay allows you to change user interface preferences and other related settings.
  • Display lets you tweak the game's visuals to your preferences, including brightness, saturation and colorblind mode.
  • Controls allows you to change your keybindings and reset them to defaults (PC only).
    • When playing on PC, you can also select "Xbox" or "PS4" input to use the appropriate controller mode.
    • On Xbox One and PlayStation 4, this screen lets you view the controller map.
  • Audio allows you to change the volume level of the game.

Heads-Up Display (HUD)

The Heads-Up Display (HUD) is where you'll find most of your essential information while playing Wasteland 2: Director's Cut. The HUD is divided up into the following elements:

Squad Bar

The Squad Bar contains portraits of your Ranger squad, as well as their current CON (green bar) and current EXP (yellow bar).

Hotbar (PC Only)

The Hotbar is a bar of eight empty slots located underneath the Squad Bar. The Hotbar allows you to assign Skills as well as various items to it for quick use. The slots 1-8 also correspond to hotkey numbers on your keyboard.

Interaction Prompt

When exploring the world and standing near interactive objects, you'll see an Interaction Prompt. This prompt shows you the valid actions you have with that object depending on what it is. For instance, it may offer you the action "Talk" if it's a character you can speak to.

Weapon Panel

The Weapon Panel shows your selected Ranger's currently equipped weapon, as well as a number of stats, including its AP cost, damage, ammo count, and more.

Dot Matrix Printer

This fancy top-of-the-line Dot Matrix Printer (also called the Text Log) records descriptive details about the game world, combat text, and conversation history with characters in the world. Paying attention to the text here can be important, especially when examining objects.


The Radio is your lifeline to headquarters, allowing you to call in your mission progress and receive field promotions.

HUD Customization (PC Only)

When playing with a mouse and keyboard, you can also click the "Unlock" button in the top-right corner of the Radio to enable HUD customization. This mode will let you drag-and-drop the HUD elements around the screen by clicking and holding the left mouse button. Click the button again to lock them in place.

Context Menus

There are two context menus you will use to interact with the game world. Both can be accessed by right-clicking on objects (PC only). On Xbox One and PlayStation 4, or when using a controller with the PC version of the game, these are replaced by the Skills Radial and Combat Radial menus; please see those pages respectively for details.

Precision Strikes

The Precision Strikes menu can be accessed in combat by right-clicking on an enemy. Each enemy will display a list of its various body parts, which you can target for specific special effects. For more information, see the Combat section.

Skills Menu

The Skills Menu allows you to perform skill actions in the environment. When near an object a skill can be performed on, right-click it and you will see a popup allowing you to use skills with it. The game will automatically show the skill odds for the highest-skilled character in your party when you are in Group Movement Mode, and the odds for the currently selected character if you are in Individual Movement Mode.

Combat HUD

In combat, some new HUD elements appear showing combat-specific functions and information.

Action Queue

The Action Queue shows the turn order in combat. Keep an eye on this to see which characters (both friendlies and enemies) will make their moves next.

Action Point Display

The Action Point Display takes the form of nixie tubes on the HUD. These show how many AP your current Ranger has left to spend this turn.


Conversation Screen

You'll talk to many different people throughout your travels in the Wasteland. In conversation, you'll see the character's dialog, as well as descriptive information, shown in text.

To pick different conversation options, select the buttons on the bottom of the conversation screen. Each button has a keyword which corresponds to a larger question or statement, which you will see on the interface before you select it. As you talk to more people, you may learn new keywords that open up new conversation options with other characters.

Different conversation skill options (Hard Ass, Kiss Ass, and Smart Ass) are highlighted in different colors and can only be selected if you have a character in your squad with the appropriate skill level.

You can also type in keywords manually when on the conversation screen. Sometimes, there are even hidden keywords allowing you to suggest ideas or ask characters about topics which may not be obvious. Typing these in uses the system keyboard interface.

Vendor Screen

Certain people in the world will be willing to trade with your party, typically merchants. The primary currency in the Wasteland is Scrap, and each vendor will allow you to buy or sell items for Scrap. The Barter skill and certain Perks can influence the cost of items while trading.

Gameplay Menu

The Gameplay Menu is where you will be able to inspect the details of all your Rangers, manage their equipment, and assign points while leveling up. It is divided into a number of tabs.


This tab displays a Ranger's current equipment, basic combat-related statistics, and inventory contents. You may equip different items here, inspect item details, install Weapon Modifications, transfer items between squad members, and more. Items in the Inventory pane automatically sort themselves.


This tab displays a Ranger's Attributes, portrait, biography, Quirk (if applicable), and other related details.


This tab displays a Ranger's learned Skills, and will also let you spend Skill Points to learn new ones or upgrade existing ones.


This tab displays a Ranger's learned Perks, and will also let you spend Perk Points to learn new Perks.


This tab displays your current and completed missions and tasks, and is useful for keeping track of all the different things you'll need to do on your adventures throughout the Wasteland.

Local & World Map

Local Map

The Local Map shows an overview of the area you're currently in, with unexplored areas blacked out by fog of war. You'll also see a list of points of interest, including characters to interact with, enemies and notable objects.

World Map

The World Map shows all the locations in the region that you have discovered. When you have left a location and are traveling on the World Map, the World Map screen can be used to pick a destination and travel there automatically.

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