What's With All Those Helicopters On GTA Covers?


Rockstar's popular open-world franchise is obssessed with placing a helicopter in the same spot on every cover


I don’t remember exactly when I noticed it, but one day I was looking at the PS2 cases for Grand Theft Auto Vice City and San Andreas and spotted a funny similarity: they both had a helicopter in the top left. Then I checked GTA III’s case and it too had the same thing. Then I looked at other GTA video game cases and realized that placing a heli in the top left-hand corner is indeed a thing.


This all started back on the cover for GTA III. In the top left hand of the collage of images that make up the cover art, you can see a police helicopter. Then another police heli appears in the same spot on Vice City’s iconic PS2 cover. And then after that, nearly every GTA cover includes a helicopter in that same spot.


The only exceptions to this rule are mostly weird ports, like GTA Advance and the weird international covers GTA III sported back in the day. The one real oddball is GTA Chinatown Wars, which uses the same cover design as all the main GTA games, but doesn’t include a helicopter for some reason.



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