I am really happy Obsidian is going there own route. One of my favorite settings for an RPG was Arcanum. I think the freedom they get with creating their own world brings out so much creativity, basing your world on other peoples creation 'hinders' the creativity and force you down paths that feels tame and makes it feel cliché.
Excactly. Thats not to say it can't be enjoyable though, if combat and scenery is good. But comparing it to EI games is just wrong.