Pokemon Black 2 got a 6.5 here on Gamespot. That's a bad score, the lowest a Pokemon mainline game has ever gotten. Even some Pokemon spin offs have received a higher score. However, not only was the review itself baffling and somewhat misleading, it also in essence proves how out of touch Gamespot is now.
Pokemon Black2/White 2 are incredible games. They take all the streamlining and everything else that was good about Black/White, and then they add the scope and the technical depth of HeartGold/SoulSilver. Narratively, they break new ground for the series for being the first direct sequels in franchise history. Structurally, changes have been made to the traditional formula even beyond Black/White, which in itself was a departure from the norm for the series.
Why was the review so down on the games, exactly? Because they haven't changed? The Pokemon games get more changes per installment than most other AAA franchises do; in spite of that, they retain their core gameplay and structure, because Game Freak got it right the first time. There is no other way to do Pokemon. At most, there can be graphical changes, but the gameplay and mechanics themselves are perfect, and Game Freak keeps polishing them to ensure they remain up to scratch. So why were points docked for the game 'being the same old Pokemon' when games like Call of Duty, Madden, FIFA, Medal of Honor, God of War, Capcom Fighters, and more get high AA or even AAA scores with each annual iterative release, that adds even less to the formula than each Pokemon game does?
And finally, of course it's the same, Gamespot, it's a part of the same series, what, do you expect Pokemon to go full on Grand Theft Auto or something?
And maybe, just maybe, there's a reason it's still the same structurally: maybe the fans like it that way? Just a thought. But your review and your score just show how out of touch you've become. I eagerly anticipate the 8.0 Warfighter review, and the 8.5 Black Ops 2 review with bated breath.