This video from London-based gaming journalist Matt Lees raises some excellent points regarding game reviewers and what readers and players should get out of them, as well as what they should know going in to them. He also talks about Dark Souls II in particular and how cult franchises often end up being reviewed a little differently.
YouTuber Totalbiscuit released a similar video about relativism in game reviews after criticism he received after his first-impression video of the Thief reboot.
The thing to take from these is to remember that reviews are always from the opinion and viewpoint of one particular person and their take on the game. You should know how that reviewer scores, what they find important, how your own opinions differ; these things matter a lot more than just the number at the end of the review.
This happens with music reviews, movies reviews, theater reviews; it all really comes down to one question: Do you trust the reviewer in question?
Also, like all opinions, reviews can be disagreed with — it’s OK. It doesn’t mean they’re wrong, and it doesn’t mean you’re right or wrong for disagreeing. Like bad words and insults, reviews only have the value that you assign them. Sure, they can be a gauge as to if you should buy a game or not, but when all is said and done you have to trust your own judgment.