The Hunter is clearly based on the AH-64 Apache. In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Hunter is an aesthetically correct AH-64A “Apache”. In GTA San Andreas, however, the gunner’s cockpit is removed, and an eight-blade tail rotor replaces the four-blade version.
The Hunter is a very deadly aircraft, having a self-targeting machine gun and the ability to shoot two dumb fire rockets simultaneously. Like the other armed military vehicles, the Rhino and Hydra. it has infinite ammunition. The Hunter is neither bulletproof nor explosion-proof like the Rhino, but is highly damage-resistant. The Hunter can also be used for the Vigilante side mission, which GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas dub Brown Thunder .
The Hunter does not appear in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories ; however, leftover Hunter files from the GTA Vice City code remained in the game, and, with the help of third party trainers, a Hunter can be spawned. The Hunter in GTA Liberty City Stories is similar in design to the GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories renditions, but cannot be used for Vigilante missions nor is named in-game.
The animation for entering the Hunter is different in GTA San Andreas to GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories. In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Hunter has doors that open like a normal helicopter or normal vehicle. However, in GTA San Andreas, it has a hatch similar to that of a Hydra.