Elijah Wood is prominently declared the voice of Spyro as the opening credits roll. Who really cares that he is the voice of Spyro for this one game? The voice credits were not shown until the end for the original series done by Insomniac. The new company that took over since their departure has been nothing short of horrendous. They have butchered the poor purple dragon and violated him in ways I dare not mention.
As for the game itself, Spyro seems slightly "off" as does Sparx, who is now some gigantic big faced muppet lookalike. The controls are a little dodgy, and the whole game has a "dark" feel to it, emphasizing the fighting and violence instead of the thrill of adventure like the previous games.
While the emphasis on different "elements" (fire, ice, etc) for attacks seems interesting, it is still too heavy for a typical Spyro game. There are far too many moves, and combat often has a clunky feel to it.
For any fans of the Spyro series, I recommend playing the first few over again. This game is absolutely the worst I have ever seen in the Action/Adventure genre, and by far the worst Spyro ever to be released.
Dont contaminate your Game Q with this horrid game.
Taking place an undisclosed amount of time after A New Beginning, Eternal Night felt like a bit of a letdown. That doesn't stop it from being playable at the very least. environments and controls are present from the first game. Environments are bland, but at least they tried to mix it up a little bit. There's a bit more variety in the levels, but they took a really questionable direction with some of they parchment-style cut-scenes.
Billy West as the voice of Sparks did a little better job than David Spade did in the first, but I found him to be a bit more annoying this time around.
The game follows the same formula as the first game: Travel down linear corridors until something triggers, defeat all the enemies and repeat. It does bring some more puzzles to the table this time around, but they were very tedious and boring, not to mention some of the enemies are so cheaply placed that some points are more frustrating than they need to be.
All in all, it's average. Its story is still engaging, but there were a lot of elements that didn't need to be introduced.
It still holds the charm and personality from the first game, but it is a hard recommendation.