Vindicated by History: After pouring over its extensive leaked dev documentation, the game has been lauded with nearly universal acclaim from the old-school fans of the original two games. The reason why this is in the YMMV tab? Because after the overwhelming success of Fallout 3, old-school fans of the first two games are essentially The Remnant when it comes to Fallout. A loud one, but still.
Not only that, but most of it is considered semi-canon, and included on the Fallout Wiki.
What Could Have Been: With Fallout 3 outselling both 1 and 2 combined, causing a resurgence in the series, it's hard to picture a scenario where Van Buren could have done similarly. A bullet was undeniably dodged.