But almost immediately upon starting Pokemon Black 2, I started to notice a distinct sense of deja vu. My choice of starter Pokemon, a highlight of every Pokemon game, was precisely the same. Most of the monsters in my early hours were familiar from the early hours of the prior game. And while many of the minor innovations that made the first Black and White games stand out were still in place, it seemed the developers were content to stop there. As a veteran of Pokemon White, I spent several hours feeling like I was simply replaying the same game over again. It was more a remix than a sequel.
To be fair, the game does make a few smart tweaks. Item management and the Quick Select option have been improved for better usability. It gives an Exp. Share item much earlier, allowing for easier training of multiple Pokemon at once. And the Pokestar Studios, a mini-game that has you acting out parts of a movie script by using specific moves at the right times, is genuinely cute and charming.
This is also the first time the Pokemon series has experimented with a persistent story. Most of the games take place on entirely different continents, but Pokemon Black 2 takes place on Unova, roughly two years after the events of the first game. It was a change of pace to hear characters reference past events, even if I wasn't dying to know what happened on this continent.
The Pokestar Studios movie mini-game