The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon's visual presentation is above par for the trilogy, and this can be credited to the fact that it's a next-gen title. The environments are appropriately colorful and the character models look believable enough. The biggest problem with the visuals lies in a constantly stuttering framerate. The framerate often struggles in parts where it really shouldn't - I'm talking about sequences in which there isn't much going on in the game world. The odd few quirks aside, however, Dawn of the Dragon is a very pretty game that is easy on the eyes.
The sound design in Dawn of the Dragon is easily the best part of the entire experience. The soundtrack feels inspired by the Don Bluth animated films of the 1980s (such as The Land Before Time and All Dogs Go To Heaven), and those who are familiar with these films know that this kind of music succeeds in evoking a sense of natural wonder. In addition to the stellar soundtrack, much of the A-list talent from the first two games of the trilogy is back. Elijah Wood and the legendary Gary Oldman have returned; there are also a few additions and replacements - Christina Ricci and Wayne Brady replace the actors who previously voiced Cynder and Sparx. Even Mark Hamill takes his turn as the trilogy's ubervillain Malefor. Some of the voicework in The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon is dull, but I don't blame the actors; when the lines sound bad, it's the fault of the writers.