If you're going to put so much stock into reviews, then you're never going to enjoy video games as much as you ought to.
I know, right?
That is why I never pay attention to reviews and just get a game if it seems interesting to me. Some that I can think of are Onechanbara, Bullet Witch, and pretty much anything from Gust (a favorite company) on PS2 (they use 2-D graphics. Oh noes! Game isn't 3-D!). Dunno how the current-gen Gust games fared in NA (Atelier Rorona and Ar Tonelico Qoga.)