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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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7. You can almost always find someone rocking shades.

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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.

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