A criminal rating is a rating level in all games in the GTA III Era. Its usually based on the criminal activities of the player. In most games, the criminal rating can be viewed in the statistics section of the pause menu, usually located at the top before the information. When the player starts a new game, the rating starts at 0, and slowly increases when the player kills cops or pedestrians, or completes missions without using cheats. However, the player should be noted that using cheats in some games will cause the criminal rating to drop into the negative zone.