PS5 Review: NERF Legends

Is this shooter NERF-ANA?

NERF Legends thrusts you into a futuristic, sci-fi world where you’ll come face-to-face with legions of robot enemies and ultimate boss masters. Armed with a wide array of NERF blasters based on their iconic, real-world counterparts, you’ll thwart formidable enemies while being challenged to pull off the most impressive high-flying trick shots across a series of unique and immersive environments. Are your NERF skills up to the challenge to become the ultimate NERF Legend?

NERF Legends sounds like it has the potential to be an FPS that with the licensing, could be decent but ultimately what we get here is a low-budget mess that has to be up there as one of the most disappointing shooters I’ve played in years. The game has a story mode but it’s bare bones and makes literally no sense, while shooting itself feels awful with guns that feel weaker than their real-life equivalents and strangely, melee attacks are more effective.

The campaign has several “puzzles” to do, but these only vary from fighting off waves of enemies for a time limit or finding and shooting buttons to progress. You can tell this game was designed for kids, but I honestly can’t see how they would find this compelling when there are simpler and satisfying child-friendly games out there like Minecraft and Roblox.

The game also suffers an embarrassing number of bugs like guns not firing, issues reloading and switching weapons and aim drifting. Dying can also seriously mess the game up, either locking the game up or constantly keeping you on a never-ending killcam till you quit. It wasn’t too bad the first time, but after several times of it happening and losing potentially 20-30 mins of progress is incredibly frustrating.

For those of you who are competitive, there is an online multiplayer but for as long as I have tried, I haven’t been able to locate a single match, or the game is telling me I’m not connected to the internet. So, its there but its literally not functional which is kind of essential for a multiplayer mode…

In terms of presentation, NERF Legends has some incredibly dated visuals that look like they belong in the PS2 era, while even the PS5 version somehow has difficulty keeping up a consistent framerate. The sound effects are also excruciatingly bad with noises that make you feel like your ears are bleeding. Picking up a health pack induces a loud beep that repeats four times, and it might as well be nails on a chalkboard, it’s that bad.

The Verdict

NERF Legends is the worst FPS of 2021 and probably the worst I’ve played in years. Guns feel ineffective, the campaign is a mess, the game is full of bugs and there’s not even a functional multiplayer at this point. Avoid.

Score: 3.0