I mean the story in Pokemon games were never Oscar material, but RPGs, especially RPGs from Japan always had a more focused story, except for Pokemon games, which we all gave a free pass cause, c'mon, it's Pokemon.
But in Black and White, I thought they stepped it up a bit. The gym leaders were more involved, the Team Plasma actually felt like a threat. It just felt like the story in Pokemon was gonna start moving towards the rest of JRPGs. I mean, it's still not Final Fantasy level (The old ones, FFXIII and all it's horrible spin offs can suck it), but it was a step closer to that direction.
Here, while I like this game better then Black and White, as in it improved in everything, even the shoehorned in aspects like Sky Battles, were still a step forward, but the story was the only thing that they stepped back in.
Still this, IMO, is the better game to Black and White. Just my one little gripe.
Victory does not just mean that I must succeed, but that others must fail
Yeah, I think this is one thing a majority of the fanbase can agree on. While story may not have been the series selling point, in Black and White, it at least felt like they were trying. Gym Leaders got involved in the plot, and Cheren, Bianca, and N were all interesting characters in their own right, even if they weren't the deepest characters to come out of an RPG. Here, none of the characters feel that involved or interesting.
Story definitely took a backseat this time around, and with all the content and improvements all around, I can understand why it did so. Really, I can't blame GameFreak for going with this win/win scenario. Not only did less focus on story allow them to focus more on mechanics and content, but it makes for easy third version expansion material.