There does seem to be some extra depth to the game, requiring feeding of animals for instance.
Luke did not come up with the idea of resource based town building games either. Settlers 2 and "Wide Lands" were around for a long time. He definitely added some interesting ideas to the game, the individual named people, an almost real people idea that you have to care for (although that is in the SIMs), the complete lack of combat (which is good in my opinion).
We get better games, engineering, science ..., by people looking at other peoples ideas and saying hey, wouldn't it be better if I did this.... That is essentially was modding does, some just may want to make money for there effort, or feel that the limitation within the system are too tight and want to expand on them.
For the moment, Forrest Village would have to be exceptional above Banished for me to consider it, and a lot of that may come from the modders, if it has a decent modding system.