The Rules of Grand Theft Auto Box Art

Rockstar not only recreated the 2D universe of the previous games in 3D, but the developers also came up with a new standard for the North American box art. For each title after Grand Theft Auto III, the cover art would focus on characters and various staples from the game.

The mosaic-like designs consistently portray a number of recurring elements that we've collected below:

1. With the exception of Chinatown Wars, there's always a helicopter in the top left.

The Rules of Grand Theft Auto Box Art



2. You can likely find a motorcycle in the top right.

The Rules of Grand Theft Auto Box Art



3. There's always an attractive female on the box, often wearing a swimsuit.

The Rules of Grand Theft Auto Box Art

4. Besides helicopters and motorcycles, one of the coolest, fastest cars from the game has to be shown somewhere on the box.

The Rules of Grand Theft Auto Box Art

5. One of the featured characters should be packing heat.

The Rules of Grand Theft Auto Box Art

6. There's always a tough guy on the top-center spot facing forward.

The Rules of Grand Theft Auto Box Art

7. You can almost always find someone rocking shades.

The Rules of Grand Theft Auto Box Art

8. Most of the covers have 9 different panes on them. Grand Theft Auto III leads with 12 panes, while Vice City Stories only has 7.

The Rules of Grand Theft Auto Box Art