In Pillars or Eternity, you can find companions to join you during your quest. You can also "recruit" adventurers in some places (inn, etc.), which basically allows you to create completely a new character to join your party.
As I see it, they both have pros and cons:
- Adventurers are completely customizable and allows you to create an "ideal" party, with complementary stats and skills. You can't decide the initial stats of companions.
- Companions have a story, dialog options, associated side quests, and might give additional choices in some other quests. Adventurers are dull and not involved in the storyline.
I know this is a very subjective question and opinions might differ, but I would like to know (no spoiler please) if going on the journey with custom adventurers will make me miss a significant part of the experience of PoE, or just a few trivial quests/dialog options.