New Rust doesn’t have much game in it yet. At this point, it’s more of an engine and framework than a game. It just happens that it’s playable. The game is yet to come. But they’re developing a solid foundation on which to add the game elements. They tried to pack more game into Legacy before the framework was sufficiently developed to support it. This time around, they’re making sure they have a solid foundation in place before adding actual game elements.
I would say the new Rust overall is better, but still lacks a lot of tools and features that made Legacy “better” (a very relative term here). So perhaps Legacy is more playable because there’s more game programmed into the engine. But the new Rust will catch up eventually. People just have to be patient.
Bottom line, if you like Legacy, then fucking play Legacy and stop the incessant whining about how much better it is and how new Rust sucks. You’re pretty much in the minority, as most people have moved on and like the new Rust better.
After watching the video posted as an example of why the old Rust is better and the new one sucks, there’s not a single thing in that video that couldn’t equally happen in the new Rust. The fun there isn’t the game, engine, environment, etc. It’s the players.