Originally Posted by DarthParametric
As far as "highly lauded" goes, recall that Oblivion was also "highly lauded" (Oblivion actually has a slightly higher Metacritic rating).
True these games lack good strong stories.
Though, just like Morrorwind, I enjoyed the exploring, the randome encounters with quest givers.
Bit odd sometimes, to find someone in the middle of nowhere
Still, this sandbox mode is strong: I think with the writing and creative story telling of Obsidian, fused with the great exploring aspect, this might turn out great.
2010 isn't so far fetched, if they use the same engine and tools of Fallout 3.