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Grezzo2 is a first-person shooter of 1984 (this explains its shitty graphics) reintroduced since 2012 only on Windows systems. It was half-ass made ripping off around various pieces of old videogames like Duke Nukem, Doom, Quake and Age of Empires, all of them stuck into an old and ugly game engine. Grezzo2 is a tribute to the most classic and extreme video game violence, how it used to be when enemies exploded into a thousand red chunks and videogames used to be cheaper, coarser, inappropriate and you could run over grannies on the street, not like fucking today's videogames, lame real war simulations where Iraqis don't bleed even after a shotgun in the teeth and there's no blood. Holy fuck!
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Grezzo 2 (Full name: Grezzo Due - Una Magica Avventuranote ) is an Italian total conversion of Doom II, developed by Nicola Piro. The first trailer was released in February 2012 preceded by some video demonstrations; after a demo, the first complete version was released in Christmas the same year. In the summer of 2013, the expansion pack Viaggio a Merdjugorje ("Trip to Shitjugorje"note ) was released, and in December of the same year, the final version of Grezzo 2 was released on the occasion of the game's first anniversary.

The creator had always been an avid fan of Doom and in general of videogames from the '90s (in particular FPSes) characterized by gratuitous and cheap violence. During his high school days he already made a Doom mod called Grezzo ("rough" or "of low quality"), with the original maps but different sounds and sprites for the enemies. The game was never uploaded online as it featured too many in-jokes understandable only by him and his friends. He started working on Grezzo 2 with a similar idea in mind, but later thought of putting it online, hoping it would've been appreciated by some more people.

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After the release of the first demo, and thanks to the praise received by Parliamo di Videogiochi (a well-known Italian channel of videogame reviewers), Grezzo 2 has exploded in popularity in Italy, thanks to its extreme violence, blasphemous humor, and ferocious mocking of Italian celebrities, public figures and internet phenomena. Oddly enough, the game got exposure even abroad; many non-Italian youtubers ventured into the game without really understanding what's going on in on it (even Pewdiepie showed it off), with varying reactions from amusement and puzzlement to disgust.

It's hard to summarize the entire content of Grezzo 2. Basically it's a Doom mod with its resources ripped off from the most disparate and numerous sources. Weapons and sprites are taken from '90s FPS such as Blood, Duke Nukem 3D, Rise of the Triad, or other Doom mods such as Brutal Doom and Russian Overkill. Several sprites are also taken from The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall and Carmageddon. The soundtrack is even more varied: Italian pop music, other video games' soundtracks, and much more. Here's almost the entire soundtrack.

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Last but not least, the author took a lot of resources from Italian pop and traditional culture, like well-known Italian celebrities, public figures, politicians and religious figures. Most of the game is filled with offensive humor against the Catholic Church and its representatives, like the Popes, priests, monks and even God and Jesus themselves. Trash culture plays an important role, especially from the internet. One of the most mocked figures in the game is Matteo Montesi, an Italian youtuber and ardent Christian believer known for his hundreds of videos where he records himself wandering in the countryside or inside abandoned places and (in a very thick accent of the Marches) expresses his views about religion, conspiracies, aliens, etc.

Grezzo 2 can be downloaded from the official website.

In 2018, by uploading a new cover photo on his Facebook page, the author announced a sequel, GrezzoDue2 ("GrezzoTwo2"). The game is still under production, and its release date is unknown.

No relation to the video game developer Grezzo.


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  • 100% Completion: Parodied. After the end credits, the intermission screen will always show that you have completed the game with 100% of Kills, Items and Secrets, no matter what you actually did along the way.note 
  • Aerosol Flamethrower: Ripped stright off Blood and works the same exact way. It is called "Deodorante&accendino" ("Deodorant&lighter").
  • All There in the Manual: The game manual describes the absurd background stories and informations of some enemies and weapons too. They're clearly Just For Fun and have no actual importance whatsoever.
  • Amusement Park: "L'acquafun di Padre Pio" includes countless portraits and statues of Padre Pio, loudspeakers transmitting Christian music and propaganda, all textures of water replaced by mud, hundreds of employers-Mooks trying to kill you and hundreds of visitors to slaughter. And of course, dozens of aquatic games.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Most weapons in slot 7 are this; the worst offender is surely the "Spaccapianeti" ("Planets breaker"). Even worst, its seconday fire shoots a blast immediately.
  • Axes at School: The tutorial level "A scola" takes place in a school. You're free to exterminate your schoolmates and your teachers, then leave the school and begin the Story mode whenever you like.
  • Back from the Dead: After the first level, you're assaulted and killed in your house; in the following level you have to make your way out of Heaven (and have the choice to either kill God or run away from him) and return back to earth to have vengeance.
  • Beach Episode: The expansion "Viaggio a Merdjugorje" is such, being released in summer. Specifically the namesake map takes place in a seaside resort and has a platform moment with surfboards. "L'acquafun di Padre Pio" instead is a water park.
  • Big Bad: Christ Child.
  • Black Comedy: For all the black humour against religion, pop culture and politics, perhaps the biggest offender is the black humour related to real episodes of crime news in Italy. There are three deathmatch maps named after three of them.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: An English translation was made after the game received an unusual amount of non-Italian fans. It's not terrible, but it's not hard to find minor grammatical errors, or overly literal translations of Italian curses and expressions that don't make much sense in English.
  • Blood Knight: The main character often laughs at, insults or mocks his victims.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The gore is so gratutious and over the top that it becomes this.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Similarly to the original Doom, lots of weapons don't need to be reloaded; other weapons avert this and have to, similarly to Brutal Doom.
  • Christmas Episode: "Un magico Natale" ends the fist part of Grezzo 2; it was added in the first complete version of the game, released in fact at Christmas. It's a free-roaming level and you are free to wreak havoc around Perugia, go to the Bonus Stage Driving Game or commemorate the late Osvaldo Paniccia. There's a bus waiting for you to get you to the following level, as soon as you grow bored enough.
  • Church Militant: The main antagonist is an absurdly violent and armed to the teeth Catholic Church. Its Mooks are priests armed with shotguns or with the ability to summon harmful crucifixes. Its Elite Mooks are archangels and flying heads of Padre Pio. At the top of such hierarchy stand, unsurprisingly, the popes, Jesus Christ and God himself.
  • Circus of Fear: The level "Brivido. Animali. Emozioni" is supposedly a Moira Orfei's circus. In a small labyrinth found in this level, it even plays "Dark Carnival" from Blood.
  • Convection Schmonvection: In some cases it's possible to walk on lava for a very long time without losing to much life energy, and sometimes it doesn't even hurt at all. In other cases however, it instantly kills you.
  • Corrupt Church: The Catholic Church is described in the manual and in a few intermission screens as an evil and omnipresent organisation, whose purpose is obtaining world domination through the subjugation of the believers' minds.
  • Dark World: A particular variant. At the beginning of the game, when you enter and when you leave Heaven, you pass through a corridor of white light with a relaxing and peaceful tune. When at the end of the game you take your drugs to enter the Boss Room, the corridor is made of human flesh and, at the end of it, stands an enormous vagina.
  • Defiant to the End: Many taunts and laughs heard when the main character kills someone are heard also when the main character is killed. It just seems that the idea of dying doesn't bother him at all.
  • Die, Chair, Die!: Scenario objects such as lamps, mirrors, WCs or trash bins can be destroyed, sometimes leaving behind ammo or money.
  • Disc-One Nuke: Since there're almost a dozen of weapons for every slot, while some of them are acceptable or mediocre, it is possible, with enough luck, to find yourself starting play with the most powerful weapons.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: The main character's sprite is taken from Billy Ray Jeter from Redneck Rampage, who wears no shoes.
  • Driving Game: "Le corse co le machine" is a bonus level accessible from "Un magico natale". You have to complete the racing circuit in a limited amount of time, that is regained at every checkpoint, and with at least 3000 points, which are gained by running over enemies on the road.
  • Dummied Out:
    • Several discharged or still-under-construction maps are still found within the game. They can be accessed through the console or in the Multiplayer section.
    • If the cheat for obtaining every weapon is used, there will be a slot 0 section containing both discharged weapons that normally can't be found, or the same weapons found in other slots, although with wrong names.
  • Eldritch Abomination: While many public figures added to the game appear as fearsome and powerful monsters, the most notable examples are surely the popes:
    • Pope John Paul II appears in a bloody scenario and displays enormous tentacles which he uses for attacking with plasma beams or explosive crucifixes.
    • Pope Francis appears in a reshaped variant of Brutal Doom's Icon of Sin with the same skills and attacks. That says it all.
  • Enemy Summoner: Pope Francis has the ability to spawn armed priests and monks.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: Cars can be found scattered in some maps, either as drivable veichles or as non-interactive objects that work the same way as exploding barrels.
  • Excuse Plot: As explained by the author, the main character is a pagan peasant, resentful over the rise of Christianity, who goes on a killing spree in an attempt to defend his local religion. Not that it is really brought up in game (or is it really of any importance).
  • Exploding Barrels: They make their comeback from the original Doom and work the same way.
  • Fission Mailed: After the first level you're suddenly assaulted at home. As you try to leave your house, your character suddenly dies right on spot. Luckily it's just a scripted event: the following level takes place, in fact, in heaven.
  • Flipping the Bird: Similarly to Brutal Doom, you can press a button to flip off and insult enemies drawing their attention. Or you can just do that to the random portraits scattered around the levels just for the pleasure of disrespect whosoever they are.
  • Game Mod: Grezzo 2 is fundamentally a total conversion of Doom II with pieces and resources ripped off dozens of different videogames.
  • Gasshole: The main character does that often, and there's actually a button for farting and belching.
  • Gatling Good:
    • The chaingun from Doom returns as "Mitraglione".note  As seconday fire, it fires explosive bullets which consume ammo faster.
    • There's an even bigger, more powerful variant in slot 7 called "Megamitragrosso".note 
  • Glowing Eyes: Many foes' eyes glow when they're attacking, like Jesus Christ or Pope Francis.
  • Goomba Stomp: It is possible to hurt enemies by walking on the, and the weakest ones die in relatively short time.
  • Gorn: A lot more gory and bloody than the original Doom.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm:
    • During a melee combo, the main character pulls out a broken bottle out of nowhere.
    • The beer available among the weapons as a power-up can be thrown against enemies.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: A very weird variation: the main character can pull out his own left arm, throwing it against enemies. Oddly enough, this never causes damage to the player, and the arm always grows back.
  • Guns Akimbo: Some weapons are by default dual wielded and are not necessarily meant to be available singularly. When that's possible, the single weapon and its Guns Akimbo are treated as two different weapons altogether.
  • Guns in Church: The very first level, "Santa Messa", and "Quant'è bella la cappella".
  • Hearts Are Health: Just as in Blood, killed enemies release literal hearts as health packs, and just as in Doom, they can heal the player up to 200 unlike normal health packs.
  • Heroic Mime: Averted unlike Doom, as the main character talks during cutscenes. Also, there are two buttons for taunting foes and for simply making the character speak, respectively.
  • Hitscan: Obviously present, being a mod of Doom.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: And its even more glaring considering each slot has dozens of weapons and their total amount is of almost a hundred.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: By purposes and effects identical to Doom's original, only under different names:
    • "Se'n tonto" (You're a dumb)
    • "Se'n toro" (You're bull)
    • "Magna la merda" (Eat shit)
    • "Maglial' che casino" (What a piggy-fucking mess)
    • "Tu se'l più tonto" (You're the dumbest)
  • Improvised Weapon: Many melee and thrown weapons in the slots 1 and 8 are this, including a baseball bat, a shovel, a wrench, a hatchet, a crowbar, a pitchfork (from Blood), a mircophone, a cooler (from Duke Nukem 3D), a dildo, a radio (which kills enemy broadcasting horrible christian music), basketballs and bowling balls.
  • Kill the God: Not once, three times:
    • In the very first level, "Santa Messa" ("Holy Mass"), once you're done killing all the participants, Jesus on a cross gains consciousness, and you'll have to fight him to finish the level.
    • In Heaven, God stands at the top of the mountain, judging the souls coming before him. You can simply avoid him, or kill him, then proceed to the next level.
    • Finally, Christ Child, who is the Big Bad of the game.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Dealing enough damage will make most enemies explode into red splatters; legs and arms can be kicked around the map.
  • The Mall: The level "Ipercoop".
  • Man on Fire: Several weapons can be used to set enemies on fire. Oddly enough, the animation and screams of a burning enemy are always the same, be it a man or a woman, a human, a monster, or an animal.
  • Mook Maker: The Pain Elemental from Freedoom appears here with the abilty to spawn aggressive (but very weak) pigs and rabbits.
  • Murder Simulators: Surprisingly enough however, despite the excessively inappropriate nature of the game, the author admitted in an interview that he actually received less criticism from Moral Guardians than expected, and that the game went largely beneath their notice. Among the notable exceptions he mentioned were a famous Italian Youtuber criticizing its gratutious violence and a nasty discussion he had with a woman who told him she would have crushed his head with her heel as a newborn.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Invoked: Both trailers of Grezzo 2 show right away a PEGI 3 rating; no one is obviously gonna be fooled by that.
  • Nobody Poops: Inverted and Played for Laughs: in "Viaggio a Mergjugorje" you're told at a certain point that your character needs desperately to pee, and you aren't allowed to finish the level unless you take him to the bathroom first. A quick Fade to Black together with the sound of a leak and you're good to go.
  • No-Gear Level: There are three levels where you begin with none of your weapons:
    • When you're assaulted and killed in your house after the first level, and you go to heaven.
    • When you get arrested at the end of the "Ipercoop" level, and in the following level "Lu carcere è galera" you are in prison.
    • After you defeated Pope Francis in "Habemus Papam", in the following level "Urban Live Music Club" you start only with a beer; you can't even attack with your bare hands.
  • Off with His Head!:
    • The game features Axe Zombies ripped off Blood who behave in the same exact manner: it is possible they get decapitated when killed and the player can kick their head around the room.
    • This may happen as well to other players during deathmatches.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: The boss level against Pope Francis has this as soundtrack, which turns into a Orchestral Bombing once he reveals himself.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: With some extensive usage of all the weapons you can carry, you will be able to paint the walls and the floor a very thick coat of red.
  • Plasma Cannon: There are two variant of it: "Supercannonelaser" ("Super laser cannon") and "Megacannone" ("Mega cannon").
  • Power-Up Food: The standard medikits from Doom have been replaced by typical Italian food, such as gnocchi, spaghetti, pork sandwiches, salt cakes, etc...
  • Prison Episode: You get arrested at the end of the "Ipercoop" level and sent into prison. In the following level "Lu carcere è galera" you start with none of your weapons and have to make your way out.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The special ability in slot 1 "Superbotteecazzotti" ("Superfightandpunches") unleashes the Hokuto Hyakuretsu Ken.
  • Religion of Evil: The Catholic Church, from God and Jesus themselves, to the popes and the entire underlying church hierarchy are the main antagonists of the game.
  • Runaway Train: In "Minimetro", the pilot of the train is suddenly killed in his cabin; you have 5 minutes to run quickly to the back of the train, take the key to the cabin and put on the brakes before the train crashes.
  • Scary Black Man: Gangs of black thugs are frequently encountered during the game. Most of them are armed with knives and submachine guns, but a peculiar variant is a modified Imp from Doom looking like a shirtless black throwing basketballs.
  • Secondary Fire: Almost every weapon has one, such as a zoom function, a more powerful attack using more ammunitions or special attack using different ammunitions. A few weapons have also a tertiary fire attack.
  • Self-Harm:
  • Skippable Boss: In Heaven you're free to flee from God and go immediately to the exit gates.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Despite the whole game being all about blasphemy, gore and bloodsplatter, the soundtrack is usually made up from the most disparate sources, from Italian pop music, to soundtracks of other videogames and church songs (these are the most notable examples). A few tracks belong to either the Metal-like theme of Doom or the more horror theme of Blood. There's also a few songs from Dragon Ball Z's original Japanese soundtrack.
  • Stylistic Suck: Poorly edited or inserted textures and sprite, contrasting styles of resources taken from completely different sources, numerous minor graphical glitches, inaccessible areas left in the map that make it impossible to complete some levels with 100% score. In most cases they were made by the author on purpose and, if not, were simply acknowledged and left there.
  • Suicide Attack: Explosive and very fast running bears are spawned in some occasions.
  • Suspicious Videogame Generosity:
    • The map "La giornata mondiale della gioventù" ("World Youth Day") where the player has to face hundreds of foes coming in separate waves. Even if you started with none of your weapons, there's enough of weapons and ammo to build up a good inventory.
    • The level "Habemus Papam" begins in a hall where you can collect ammo and a few weapons before facing Pope Francis.
  • Tank Goodness: The tank in map "E45" makes the level a lot easier (and more satisfying) to complete.
  • Take That!: To most real persons added in the game; in particular, the author admitted to be satisfied with having added Berlusconi as a helpless prisoner.
  • Those Wacky Nazis:
  • Throwing Your Gun at the Enemy: The "Scacciacani"note  handgun is so terribly weak it's actually a bit more useful if thrown against enemies through the Secondary Fire; that's exactly what's suggested on the game's manual.
  • Ultra Super Death Gore Fest Chainsawer 3000: Grezzo 2 is intended to be a tribute to old-school, gratuitous and unpretentious video game violence. As some commenters put it, Grezzo 2 is what Moral Guardians think all video games look like.
  • Un-Installment: Subverted. The game was immediately as Grezzo 2 without any further explanation of a supposed "Grezzo 1". As explained above however, the author later revealed that a "Grezzo 1" actually existed.
  • Universal Ammunition: Mostly it follows the same logic as Doom: shared ammo for pistols (slot 2) and rifles (slot 4), for all shotguns (slot 3), for rocket launchers (slot 5) and for weapons in slot 6 and 7. But there are many exceptions of weapons using their own ammo that can be found only when grabbing another of that weapon or the generic ammo backpack, or of weapons using different ammo for their secondary attack.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Not only you are allowed to slaughter masses of innocent civilians and bystanders in every way you please: killing them often rewards you with cash or health points.
  • Villain Protagonist: The main character enjoys slaughtering and butchering innocent civilians and bystanders just as he does with the armies of armed priests, zombies, or monsters.
  • Voodoo Doll: Another weapon ripped stright off Blood and working the same way. The only difference is that it doesn't hurt the player when it is used without enemies around. It is called "Bucciottolanciaparalisi" ("Paralysis-sending-puppet").
  • Vulgar Humor: Tons of it, from Toilet Humor to gratuitous curses and blasphemy to explicit sexual references and images.
  • Wanted Meter: In "Porcodio a Perugia" there's a 4-star wanted meter identical to the one from Grand Theft Auto: a single star calls the attention of police alone, two stars bring in the military, 3 stars summon killer robots and 4 stars cause an alien invasion.
  • Warmup Boss: Jesus Christ in the very first level, "Santa Messa".
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Subverted and Parodied. After the defeat of Pope Francis, a montage narrates how humanity, finally free from the chains of religion, could rebuild the world and usher in a golden age of scientific discovery and technological prosperity, going as far as conquering the space... except "it's all bullshit": humanity actually immediately missed the Pope and his dominion, to the point of cloning him right after his demise. The world remains under the yoke of the Catholic Church, making the protagonist's accomplished killing spree absolutely pointless.

What a piece of shit!

Alternative Title(s): Grezzo Due

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