Yeah, I should have been more specific and said Serious Sam 3 since it’s what Painkiller is competing with on Steam Linux.
I don’t really get why SS3 gets so little love on the show, no it’s not all brown and no, not every level takes place in a desert (but it’s in Egypt, so yeah quite a lot of them here). The game still has its fair share of silly stuff too.
That said, Painkiller has a lot in common with Serious Sam but there are many aspects that make a big difference. The overall pace is faster and the controls have more in common with Quake 3 than Serious Sam (mostly because of bunny hopping).