Grand Theft Auto 5 cover revealed, looks familiar

Rockstar revealed its box art for Grand Theft Auto 5 today.

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The Grand Theft Auto series has certainly built a recognizable brand. Its tiled cover art style immediately marks a recognizable brand worth millions. That means Rockstar doesn't have much reason to shake up a proven formula, and the Grand Theft Auto 5 cover reveal shows the company is sticking with what works. Rockstar showed off the official GTA5 art on its blog today, and yep, that's sure a Grand Theft Auto box alright. Maybe I'm more apt to noticing because only yesterday I saw this breakdown of the boxart from Reddit user DylanJosh. GTA5 follows the formula almost to the letter, not just in general design principles, but down to incredibly specific elements and placement. Helicopter in the top-left? Check. Seductive lady on the middle-left? Check. Motorcycle on the top-right? Check. The only spot that markedly breaks the formula is the presence of an angry rottweiler instead of a vehicle in the bottom-left, which mostly just makes me hope we can ride that dog around town like a tiny rabid horse.

Grand Theft Auto 5 cover

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    April 2, 2013 7:30 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Grand Theft Auto 5 cover revealed, looks familiar.

    Rockstar revealed its box art for Grand Theft Auto 5 today.

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      April 2, 2013 7:36 AM

      Day 1, hour 1 for me.

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        April 2, 2013 7:49 AM

        Yer same can't wait. I usually don't pre-order games but think i'll make an exception for this game, gonna be so good.

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          April 2, 2013 10:50 AM

          I've bought every past GTA title (save for GTA: London) within a couple of months of release and have yet to be disappointed.

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            April 2, 2013 10:51 AM

            wtf London was great! omfg

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        April 2, 2013 7:51 AM

        yyyyyyyyup

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        April 2, 2013 3:11 PM

        after getting burned by GTA IV I think I'll skip it or at least wait until it's cheap. The gunplay and driving in IV was fucked and the lack of checkpoints was infuriating so I stopped playing after like 10 hours.

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      April 2, 2013 7:43 AM

      Please, please, please tell me that the driving in 5 has better controls. That's the only thing that ever holds me back in enjoying these games.

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        April 2, 2013 7:48 AM

        Handling was fine once you started getting better cars. The pieces of shit drive how they're supposed to, especially the old 80's k-car types.

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        April 2, 2013 7:51 AM

        I liked how sloppy the cars were, added to the chaos when you're running from the cops at 130mph down a crowded street trying to dodge obstacles.

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        April 2, 2013 7:54 AM

        Lol this always comes up in GTA threads.

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          April 2, 2013 8:37 AM

          Haha, was thinking the exact same thing.

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        April 2, 2013 7:55 AM

        You were driving wrong.

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        April 2, 2013 7:58 AM

        That shift from arcadey fake driving in 3/Vice City over to the more realistic physics in 4 was not something I cared for either. It was a major reason I didn't go nearly as far in GTA4 as I did in previous games.

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          April 2, 2013 8:05 AM

          ^ Driving in SA and VC was snappy and fun, driving in 4 was mushy, loose, and frustrating.

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            April 2, 2013 8:07 AM

            The really irritating thing in 4 was actually the mechanics of the chase camera, you never knew what you were turning into.

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              April 2, 2013 8:13 AM

              You had control over the chase camera. It's like you guys didn't even try to learn the new system and just expected that you could corner a bus around a 90 degree turn without any effort.

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                April 2, 2013 9:01 AM

                I expected to corner that bus the same way I did for the previous 5 games, and didn't like the new mechanics. I didn't find it was a camera issue, it was just that things felt more "realistic", which isn't something I cared for in GTA.

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                April 2, 2013 10:22 AM

                control yes, enough fingers to operate it AND shoot people in the face as I drove past... not so much.

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                  April 2, 2013 2:55 PM

                  Really? Because I thought it was perfect, what with the left stick controlling steering, with your left index on the LB, ready to fire after lining up the shot with the right stick and controlling acceleration with the right trigger. Again, it seems like no one even played the game when they talk about the driving controls and handling.

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                April 3, 2013 12:20 AM

                Yep they have no idea - GTA4 driving is SO GOOD. The only way it's bad is on PC if you've got even mild frame rate issues, the controls go to complete shit.

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              April 3, 2013 12:35 AM

              Yeah, this also fucked me over, especially in the PC version. I need to drive with my right hand, although I have no problem using wasd in shooters with my left hand.

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          April 2, 2013 2:39 PM

          The physics aren't realistic at all. You can still flip over almost any car on a mostly flat road, the suspensions and weight are ridiculously unrealistic. They just tweaked the handling, steering, braking, acceleration so the shit cars aren't as nimble as the best ones.

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        April 2, 2013 9:00 AM

        I loved the driving in 4.

        If you want arcadeyness then saints row has you covered, GTA has being going in the other direction for a while now.

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          April 2, 2013 9:33 AM

          Hell yeah. I can;t stand the arcade driving mechanics. I loved it in 4 once I got used to it. I remember it took a solid couple of days. Even then you can still pull some ridiculous stuff.

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        April 2, 2013 10:11 AM

        it won't. this is Rockstar and they put their focus on cutscenes. get the next Saint's Row game if you want to have fun in a city sandbox.

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        April 2, 2013 2:27 PM

        This guy right here? This FireFly guy? I'm betting he played it on PC!

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          April 2, 2013 2:35 PM

          I did. With a controller. Dun-dun-DUNNNNN!

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            April 2, 2013 2:40 PM

            That's why you don't like the controls, there's serious fucking problems with the PC port. If you play it on a console - the controls are completely different for the vehicles.

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              April 2, 2013 2:47 PM

              I played the PS3 version and PC and the vehicle controls are exactly the same with a gamepad.

              I personally had an easier time with it on PC because it wasn't dropping to sub 15fps all the time while I was trying to drive. Still ran like garbage, but the boost over the console still made everything more playable, on foot and driving cars and motorcycles.

              One thing I noticed going back to the PS3 version a few weeks ago, was that the game ran so poorly I found myself driving slower just so I could keep a straight line and not miss the turns due to the choppiness that was interfering. So maybe that's what your problem was. PC version gives the illusion of more control because it does perform slightly better.

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                April 2, 2013 3:02 PM

                I also played it on PS3 and PC, and the driving controls were gross on both. Otherwise, I think GTA 4 was an excellent game.

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                April 2, 2013 3:15 PM

                You must have an absoloute and utter monster PC. The game input code on PC for that game is broken as fuck - and the driving is by far the biggest issue due to it.

                The handling (on PC) definitely sucks, on the console, I love the new handling, the old arcadey shit was dumb. This compromise between real and arcade is just perfect.

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                  April 2, 2013 3:19 PM

                  I don't have a monster PC and it's not broken at all, at least not with a 360 controller. Perhaps the issue lies with you configuration?

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                    April 2, 2013 8:19 PM

                    Nope, I've tried multiple times, the PC code is very very broken unless you run the game at ridiculously low resolutions and absoloutely ensure you get 60+ fps consistently.

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                    April 2, 2013 8:32 PM

                    Yeah that's likely the case. When we had weekly shackbattles I never had control problems even on my older setup when it was running at like 30fps.

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      April 2, 2013 7:51 AM

      Yeah midnight pickup for me, but I still haven't pre-ordered it yet, still waiting on a Special Edition announcement.

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      April 2, 2013 7:51 AM

      ha that box art key is funny

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      April 2, 2013 8:13 AM

      Looks like Andrea. Ack!

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      April 2, 2013 8:17 AM

      What's this version of GTA going to offer that's got everyone excited?

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        April 2, 2013 8:24 AM

        More GTA that's what.

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        April 2, 2013 9:02 AM

        It looks like they've figured out how to dial everythiing up to 11 for one last hurrah on the current consoles.

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          April 3, 2013 12:37 AM

          Hopefully it will run better than SA did on the ps2. Ugh.

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        April 2, 2013 9:04 AM

        free BJs for all.

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        April 2, 2013 9:34 AM

        Bigger Wiener Mobiles?

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        April 2, 2013 11:45 PM

        I'm hoping it's basically San Andreas redux.

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        April 3, 2013 12:12 AM

        More GTA?

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      April 2, 2013 8:18 AM

      Maybe the dog will be a playable character.

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        April 2, 2013 8:39 AM

        Correct me if I'm wrong, but we haven't seen any of the character's names yet... except for Chop the Rottweiler, whose name is clearly officially announced. This adds an unprecedented amount of credence to your argument!!

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          April 2, 2013 10:55 AM

          Michael, Franklin,and Trevor are the first names, but I don't know if they have given last names.

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            April 2, 2013 12:08 PM

            He calls himself Trevor Phillips I think in the trailer.

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        April 2, 2013 10:52 AM

        The only difference will be that the police don't wait for you to commit a crime before shooting you.

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        April 2, 2013 11:30 AM

        The dog is the main character. Calling it now.

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          April 2, 2013 3:00 PM

          The dog IS a main character, as he is seen driving around with Franklin. Also, he is shown helping in a foot chase.

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      April 2, 2013 11:17 AM

      Meh... After SR2/3 and GTA IV, I'll wait for the inevitable steam release, and then wait for the steam sale.

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        April 2, 2013 3:03 PM

        SAINTS ROW -----IV-----

        You can't have a contemporary sandbox crime game, with even "realistic" people and emotions, unless you get rid of probably 99% of the murder, and that would put a damper on how people view the genre.

        Kill one person randomly, fine. Kill 10, effective game over, like breaking the masquerade in Bloodlines. Otherwise you have to deal with the fact that your characters are unabashed mass murderers and the police are utterly incompetent. Or establish a world in which human life is actually virtually worthless. Or just go crazy, like Saints Row.

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      April 2, 2013 11:45 AM

      Maybe it's just me, but the GTA formula doesn't do anything for me anymore.

      Just kinda bores me :(

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      April 2, 2013 12:02 PM

      I hope you can go on dates in this one!

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        April 3, 2013 12:18 AM

        It blows my mind how many dumb people don't know how to ignore a phone, like fully blows me away.
        How do you people survive in real life?

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          April 3, 2013 12:31 AM

          I wonder about the Venn Diagram of this plus the people who refused to use a boat or bus in Far Cry 2.

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          April 3, 2013 12:39 AM

          Ignoring it does not change the fact that it was a shitty thing.

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            April 3, 2013 12:42 AM

            Option 2, DISABLING IT also?!!

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              April 3, 2013 3:26 AM

              As far as i remember, you disabled the entire story mode for that. That also sucked.

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      April 2, 2013 2:38 PM

      pleeease tone back or remove the annoying friends mechanic from GTA 4.

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      April 2, 2013 8:00 PM

      I heard that the PC version of GTA 5 is coming out one month earlier than consoles...
      ya know, just to be fair..

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      April 2, 2013 9:10 PM

      GTA has grown stale. I think they need a new GTA. An MMO.

      Set not in a city or even a state, but a whole country. A gigantic open world environment. And not just a criminal..liked the police missions? You can be a cop. Like the firetruck or ambulance missions? Be an EMT. Run an in-game broadcast, or try to destroy a city. Experience the difference in areas: where as running traffic lights doesn't get you noticed in large city areas, in smaller/more rural areas, that'll earn you a wanted level or two.

      Become Public Enemy #1, part of a national task force, or just a citizen looking to make a buck.

      Grand Theft America.

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        April 2, 2013 9:27 PM

        i agree but instead you should be in a city in a snow globe

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        April 7, 2013 9:14 AM

        I don't think it's grown stale, but I do think that GTA IV was in a horribly boring and unattractive limited-opportunity location, which led to narrow-spectrum missions and gameplay. I think GTA V's location with bolster its missions, and not make them suffer.

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      April 7, 2013 9:12 AM

      Really dislike the GTA font. Always have.

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