How much story do you like in your Pokemon games? - Results (193 votes)
All the story
25.91% (50 votes)
Quite a bit
31.61% (61 votes)
In the middle
19.17% (37 votes)
Not that much
17.62% (34 votes)
5.7% (11 votes)
This poll is now closed.
I've seen a fair bit of criticism lately towards certain games in the series for lacking in the story department, so I figured why not ask how much story people want to see in their Pokemon games?
This has no application to other games. I like a lot of games with story, and will usually consider it detrimental if it's not up to snuff. But in Pokemon, I do a complete reversal.
As much as I like B/W, I honestly found their constant insistence that I paid attention to the story to be a big negative. When I play Pokemon, I just like to go on an little adventure with my 'mons, without having a character pester me every step of the way. I mean, I appreciate the lore that I experience from town to town, but I don't feel the need for an evil team or some other fabricated crisis to motivate me to continue. I prefer to move forward because that's what feels natural.
I really like that the story isn't particularly shoved down my throat in X/Y, and I also think they have the best random NPC dialogue (with R/B and B2/W2 being the runners up).
I find the games with the least emphasis on the story have the most replayability, too. I still play through R/B from time to time. G/S too. I like going through B2/W2, but not as often because the forced tutorials are pretty annoying. I restarted X when I was halfway through, and I really enjoyed playing through that first half again.
This is more of a quantitative than qualitative question. I may not like it for always looming around, but I think I'd still say B/W had the most coherent (and the most engaging, at least on the first time through) story in the series.
This is why BW1 was my favorite. Every Pokemon game has been about improving the existing mechanics and bringing new Pokemon/moves/abilities/items/mechanics to the table... which is amazing in its own right, but BW1 did something different that made it stand out better for me, being a good story and an amazing finale.