I wouldn't pay much attention to those reviews anyway. You can generally lump "professional" reviewers into one category because most of them seem to think alike and are influenced/pressured in similar ways. Every single game has a huge range of opinions, but the critic consensus rarely represents that. I acknowledge that back then there was a need for entertainment reviewers, but those days are gone and now we have so many resources at our disposal to make an educated purchase.
...this is not a hit against RPGFan by the way.
If anything, I AGREE with a consensus because an issue shared by all is probably a big issue (like Bravely Default's end-game show or people saying how the Zelda series has become too easy).
And quite frankly, I got waaay too little time and money to just throw money at games these days or "take a chance" on new ones. More specifically, I can't justify buying a 4/10, D-grade game (at full price) even if it caught my interest because I don't want to afford what may (very likely) be a terrible title. Metacritic has Lightning Returns at a 3.5/5. Sounds decent, but it also sounds like I'm waiting till a sale happens.
As far as I can tell, a lot of slander towards reviews goes because people don't want an opinion more than they just want an accomplice -- someone to feed their own hype or agree with them, when funny enough, reviews are as much opinion as everyone else's.
Reviews are worthless for the most part, unless you know what type of person the reviewer is and what kind of tastes they have so you can draw parallels with your own tastes. That kind of mindset will make you miss out on great experiences. If Nier is anything to go by(which I personally havent had the chance to play yet), mainstream reviews are worthless, for my tastes atleast.
It is also a general opinion that for instance, FF8's junctioning system is hard, which is a joke imo and that the Xenosaga games suck and that Apollo Justice sucks, the FF XIII games suck, so on and so forth(and those are points of view that violently clash with my own). Making your own judgement is always preferable, make decisions based on your experiences and tastes, the general consensus can go fuck itself for all I care.(even if my opinions end up falling on the general consensus sometimes, it doesnt mean that the general consensus will always be indicative of your own personal perspective).
With that said you are free to do whatever you want of course and when you are just starting out and dont know enough, general opinions may help, however by this point I have a very solid idea of what I like so I have actually never regretted any purchase I made.