The only editor who wanted to play much of Dark Souls was Vinny, who obviously doesn't have time to review anything because he has other duties. He also probably felt that his take on the game wouldn't be very helpful because he's a casual fan of the series.
There ended up being a lot of Dark Souls coverage even without a review, and it was positive overall. So I'm not sure what the big issue is supposed to be.
Well, of course not every idea is going to get people interested enough to back it. The projects that Kickstarter seems to be most powerful for are ones that get gamers excited, but are too niche for most publishers to take on. Like a new Wasteland game, or an old-school graphic adventure.
A "puzzle/action game set during the post-election riots in Iran" honestly sounds kind of dumb on the surface, so I'm not surprised it didn't succeed. You want something that sounds great just from describing it in one sentence.