Those who play the Spyro games don't expect top-of-the-line graphics, winning storylines or intuitive controls. We just want to play around as a dragon for a few hours. Those who have been following the series hope, with every new Spyro release, that the next game will bring them the pleasure they are seeking.
The Eternal Night is nothing special visually, with minor improvements in the character animations over its predecessor. The landscapes are quite atmospheric, but the backdrops are intentionally opaque to limit the field of view to the immediate game area, which makes the game feel very small. The controls are just as clunky as ever, and the aerial melee/breath combo system is poorly implemented.
The game is also needlessly difficult. Given the game's target audience, there is no need or justification for the level of difficulty. Combined with the aforementioned poor controls, this makes the game frustrating to play. The reward is basically non-existent, as this game offers nothing special over previous Spyro games.
Only a dedicated fan of Spyro could be interested in this game, and even then it will probably drive you away. It's as if the developers are punishing you for continuing to play their games. Very disappointing.