Out of these 3 games, I’d prefer the story of WD1 as well. I’d like to think the major difference is that it surrounds its protagonist Aiden (and Bad Blood for T-Bone) quite well, where WD2 and Legion put more emphasis on Dedsec’s enemies.
No doubt that WD2 has the best environment, I agree. San Fran is vibrant, colorful, and full of details here and there. But in terms of side activities, I’d still prefer WD1, where it offers many choices from Card games to Gang Hideout, and there’s even Digital Trips, which are fantastic!
I’d be honest, it’s hard for me to find stuff to do in Legion after beating the story and collecting every collectable and trophy. However, it’s still a unique fun experience. Assembling a custom team is the best thing about this game. I have one save which contains 40 different vehicle owners. A lot of time was spent just to find rare ones like De Vale Marquest (classic Bentley saloon).
In the end, Legion is supposed to receive more contents like online mode and story DLCs. While the tube fast travel system is unlikely to be changed, let’s hope the game reaches its maximum potential.