Pillars of Eternity is a near-perfect homage to classic computer role-playing games, avoiding things such as cinematic cut scenes and celebrity voice-overs in favor of an engaging story that unfolds in a carefully crafted world. Nearly every character, creature, and item is described down to the smallest detail via text, allowing the player to discover nuances such as body language, motivation, and lore. Although reading does take up a good portion of the game's more than 70 hours, it always adds to the overall experience.
If there's one drawback to Pillars of Eternity, it's that there sometimes feels like too much is crammed into the game. Add together the various races, classes, subclasses, weapons, and skills, with multiple gameplay paths, recruitable dialogue options, branching quest lines, and even a personal stronghold to manage and upgrade, and the game's reliance on micromanagement can feel overwhelming to those new to the genre. Still, Pillars of Eternity manages to raise the bar and sets a new benchmark for what a role-playing game should be.