An entry screen (also known as a loading screen) is a sequence of images that loop while a GTA game loads up. Entry screens always consist of official illustrated Rockstar artwork, usually depicting major characters and/or locations in the game. Entry screens have appeared in all Grand Theft Auto games up to date. In the 3D Universe they were broadcast after a title sequence, but the title sequence was removed for the HD Universe, where entry screens are longer and expanded.

List of images

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Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Grove Street Families member wearing a bandana holding a AK-47.
  • Cesar sitting on the hood of a Savanna, holding a pistol.
  • Rochell'le bending over and lifting her glasses slightly, while posing.
  • Frank Tenpenny holding a pistol in a defensive position.
  • The Truth with his hands by his face.
  • OG Loc in an orange t-shirt & hat and a gold chain.
  • Salvatore Leone on a armchair.
  • A side view of Ran Fa Li.
  • Grove Street members shooting from their car.
  • Ballas performing a drive-by from a Blade.
  • T-Bone Mendez with a cigarette and a pistol leaning against a wall, with the silhouette of the Gant Bridge in the background.
  • Big Smoke holding a cigar.
  • CJ in shades and orange clothing.
  • B-dup sat on a bicycle whilst holding a pistol.
  • A hispanic woman wearing a silver chain.
  • Sweet and Ryder. (Mobile version only)

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Salvatore Leone smoking a cigar.
  • Vincenzo Cilli holding a ring on his right hand.
  • A Police Maverick flying. (Mobile version only; Originally used as "Welcome to Staunton Island" Welcome Sign in PS2 and PSP instead, the current artwork is reversed from the origin)
  • A red car fleeing with a van (possibly Rumpo) exploding in the background. (Mobile version only)
  • Toni Cipriani riding on a red Freeway. (Mobile version only; Originally used as "Welcome to Portland Island" Welcome Sign in PS2 and PSP instead, the current artwork is reversed from the origin)
  • A Taxi colliding with a truck (possibly Bobcat) (Mobile version only; Originally used as "Welcome to Shoreside Vale" Welcome Sign in PS2 and PSP instead, the current artwork is reversed from the origin:The taxi liceence plate number's changed from 569DX5 to 5369DX)
  • A pedestrian riding on a green Freeway with buildings in the background. This is exclusive to the mobile version and can be ssen when the copyright text shows up. The artwork is an edited version of the "Toni Cipriani riding on a red Freeway." above.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV contains 2 different variations of the loading screen, depending on the console. PS3 and Xbox versions have the same one, while the PC version uses different artworks featuring different characters and the character's art superimposed over a greyscale cityscape.


  • Niko armed hiding behind crates while two men open other crates with a crowbar.
  • Lola licking a lollipop, with buildings in the background.
  • A group of Yardies playing dominos.
  • A prostitute bending down to talk to a driver in a car.
  • Two armed police officers walking cautiously. One holds a Sawn-Off Shotgun, while the other holds an M4.
  • Niko driving a Schafter, while being chased by a Police Cruiser.
  • (*)Niko shooting from an helicopter.
  • (*)Niko being chased in a Peyote in the Booth Tunnel.
  • (*)Several mobsters standing next to a Schafter.

(*): Only appears when starting a new game.


Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V Enhanced Version exclusives


GTA San Andreas

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV Console


GTA IV: The Lost & Damned

GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony


Xbox One/PS4/PC

GTA Online Splash Message Backgrounds

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  • Grand Theft Auto Online's loading screen is the longest, followed by Grand Theft Auto V (Story Mode).
  • Special events show different images in boxes for information on GTA Online, these include, The San Andreas Flight School Update, The Independence Day Special, The High Life Update, The Business Update, The I'm Not A Hipster' Update, The Beach Bum Update, The Valentine's Day Massacre Update, and the Christmas Update.
  • On Xbox 360, holding LB will result in the background music turning off, until LB is let go again.
  • Selecting Online when in the online screen can sometimes take longer than just opening story and going into Online.
    • As of Patch 1.17, the button to select Online is now Square (PS3) or X (Xbox 360), and the player can now select random job in the menu.
  • In GTA: Liberty City Stories, sometimes for a split second, before the game starts loading saved data, the player can see the "Welcome To Shoreside Vale" artwork, right after Vincenzo with his ring artwork. (PS2)
  • In the enhanced version of GTA V, the artworks (and length of the entire loading screen) will depend on the entry of the game, i.e, if the player loads GTA Online immediately, the entry screen may display longer and/or different artworks. Loading story-mode after leaving the Rockstar Editor also tends to display the rarer artworks.
  • In the load screen for San Andreas in some versions, Big Smoke's beta look can be seen.