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 >Grand Theft Auto III

Box art by Stephen Bliss

English artwork, first published by Rockstar Games in 2001.

Designed for the European market. PlayStation 2 version pictured.

Also available on: Windows.

Loaded with American blaxploitation and cop movie clichés, Grand Theft Auto III’s European box art would be a throwback to explosive 70’s poster art.


Stephen’s caricatured characters, full of gross societal parodies, would interestingly be at odds with GTA’s gritty realism depicted in game. Its 70’s theme would also disagree with the games early 2000’s setting, but the chaotic mash up of villains, fast cars and explosions would bridge the game and box art perfectly.

The movie poster look can also be seen to parallel the game’s filmic qualities and its Americanisation would have an obvious appeal to a European audience.

III’s cartooned style cover art would also be a far removed when compared to original game: Grand Theft Auto by The Designers Republic (TDR), a box art illustrating the kinetic city over III’s dense character’s and their bust morals. These characters would find themselves even more vividly exposed in the North American version.  

Its ‘picture frame’ look would ultimately win out, with all subsequent cover arts in the series worldwide imitating it. In doing so it gave GTA an iconic and distinct branding, an area that Stephen is well versed in.

Other notable Stephen Bliss box arts


>Bully: Scholarship edition (worldwide) Wii, Windows, Xbox 360

>Grand Theft Auto IV (worldwide) PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360.


>Grand Theft Auto V (worldwide) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360.

If you like Grand Theft Auto III you’ll love…


>Skyfox (EU/ NA) Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, Commodore 64.


>Super Mario USA (JP) Famicom.

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Posted - 11/2/14, by Adam Gidney

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