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  • Acclaimed Flop: Well, it was a Lovecraft-inspired horror game released exclusively on the Nintendo GameCube.
  • Acting for Two: Most of the playable characters' actors also voice major or supporting parts in the story.
  • Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Greg Eagles voices an expert on explosives: he also voiced Peter Stillman in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.
  • All-Star Cast: A lot of big name voice talent is present in the game such as Jennifer Hale, Cam Clarke, Michael Bell, Greg Eagles, Paul Eiding, Kim Mai Guest, Rino Romano, Richard Doyle, Neil Ross. Even David Hayter has a bit part as a Roman Legionnaire!
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  • The Danza: Paul Luther who was voiced by Paul Eiding.
  • Development Hell:
    • The sequel. Eternal Darkness is one of Silicon Knights' most well-received IPs, and they've wanted to do a new game for a while. But the GameCube, Wii, and even Wii U have all come and gone, and Too Human was an expensive flop. After the failure of X-Men: Destiny, a prototype for a sequel to Eternal Darkness that never got off of the ground and a lawsuit from Epic Games, things aren't looking any more hopeful. If a sequel ever does get made, it likely will not involve any of the original team.
    • The spiritual sequel is faring no better because it has the unfortunate position of being in a hefty Catch-22 Dilemma. A lot of fans refuse to support it financially because a lot of the original team is not involved, but among those who are is creative lead Denis Dyack who is also causing a lack of support on account of being accused of shady business deals. He can't step down as he was one of the masterminds of Eternal Darkness and is deeply integrated into Precursor Games' work on Shadow of the Eternals, but he would have to in order to appease the vocal majority.
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  • Executive Meddling: A positive example. The companies attitude towards design and management is and was rather draconian, and it was only due to Nintendo demanding and enforcing a product that was up to the brand name's standards that the game was as good as it is.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • When showcasing the game as a classic favorite of his, Spoony actually expressed surprise its novel combat system wasn't copied in future titles.
    • Two Best Friends Play argued there is no reason to not aim for the head, but it must be noted that a number of creatures are more inconvenienced by a lost head than anything else.
  • In Memoriam: To Ben Dyack 1920-2000.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The game has never been re-released, and is unlikely to be so, given the falling-out between Dennis Dyack and Nintendo (who own the rights.)
  • Moved to the Next Console: The game was originally developed for the Nintendo 64.
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  • No Port For You: It's easy to speculate as to why, mainly concerning its status as a Silicon Knights project, but Eternal Darkness is thus far one of the few Nintendo-published games to remain tied to its home console despite both yearning from fans for a rerelease and Nintendo themselves not using the trademark they keep renewing.
  • The Other Marty: An interesting case with Maximilian as in gameplay and the story he's voiced by Michael Bell, but his autopsy journals are narrated by William Hootkins.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Pious and Ulyaoth, as both were voiced by Richard Doyle.
    • Alex and Xel'lotath were both voiced by Jennifer Hale.
  • Technology Marches On: Some of the sanity effects fake things happening with your TV, such as the volume muting or the system turning off, showing a black screen with "VIDEO" in the corner. Upon the widespread adoption of high-definition televisions a few years later, TV brands started using a wider variety of graphic interface designs and abandoned some widespread elements from previous decades (such as volume always being represented by a series of horizontal green rectangles on the bottom half of the screen), making all such effects much less convincing.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Some of the Fission Mailed-styled meta jumpscares have UI elements that TVs don't have anymore, like big, green volume bars, or a blue screen for the inputs.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: With all the various sanity effects that really are in the game, tons of these came out for other kinds of sanity effects that certainly sounded believable.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Templar knight who Pious uses as the foundation for the Pillar of Flesh was originally a playable character, Joseph de Molay. In light of the September 11 terrorist attacks and how they influenced attitudes regarding the Templars, his chapter was hastily scrapped and reimagined as what became Karim in the final product. The person that gave Ellia Mantorok's heart was also planned to be playable.
    • Michael was originally conceived as a soldier in the Gulf War before being made into a firefighter; the dead soldier found early on is holding all of the weaponry he was supposed to start with in the first place. He was also planned to die afterward, but it was scrapped due to being too depressing.
    • Bad endings were planned that would show the consequences of you losing the final boss battle. They survive in some form via the vision Alex has after the ancient she summons defeats Pious's.
    • As originally pitched to Nintendo, the game would allow you to obtain and experience the chapter pages in any order; Nintendo mandated the final product's more linear structure. Shadow of the Eternals was planned to go back to using the original model.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Eternal Darkness Wiki.

The game is well noted for its sanity effects. These include:

  • Visual, Screen, Environment Effects
    • Blue screen of death.
    • Blood will drip from the walls or ceiling.
    • Paintings will change appearance.
    • Heads of statues will follow your movements.
    • The game will appear to delete your saved game.
    • Bugs will crawl across the screen.
    • Nails will scratch across the screen.
    • A fly will buzz around the screen.
    • The television will appear to turn off.
    • The television will appear to mute itself in one of two ways (see below).
    • Room-specific objects will float in the air.
    • Entire sequences of play turn out to be hallucination, reverting to a prior point in play (side note: corridors, doors, windows, and environmental objects will often be located in different places or not at all the second time through these sequences) Usually in conjunction with another effect, including these:
      • Casting a Recover spell and it severing the character's torso, complete with a death sting.
      • Limbs falling off one at a time.
      • Entering a room full of tiny monsters
      • Sinking into the floor.
      • A room full of monsters that all die and disappear with a single hit.
      • A room full of it pickups, usually ammunition.
  • Control/Character Effects
  • Audio Effects
    • The audio will mute, complete with either a fake "MUTE" sign in the top right hand corner of the screen or a fake volume meter on the bottom, which naturally doesn't work if you don't have the correct kind of television.
    • Crying and whispers can be heard in the background.
    • Knocking and creaking floor can be heard in the background.
    • You may hear chapter-specific sounds in the background, like a maid being drained by the vampire beast just before doing Edward's chapter.
  • Forced Effects
    • "Psycho Worm" (only as Edward).
    • The game will appear to have a cliffhanger ending, saying "To be continued" in a game entitled "Sanity's Redemption", or that it thanks you for playing the demo.
    • "Blood Bath" (only as Alex).
    • "Hanging Man" (only as Alex).
    • "Asylum" (only as Max).
    • There are four sanity effects where an image of Edward or, as revealed in the fourth, Pious using his form peers over Alex's shoulder and whispers to her as she's reading the Tome of Eternal Darkness, and while they can be triggered at any point in the game prior to the following points, they will inevitably be triggered at those points if they weren't already, regardless of your sanity level at the time:
      • 1. "I will keep the darkness away." Karim's chapter, just before he gets the Ram Dao.
      • 2. "You've been my little girl..." Edwin's chapter, as he starts going down the second large flight of stairs.
      • 3. "I just wanted you to grow up, to grow up and leave me alone!" Roberto's chapter, after he gets the key to the Forgotten Corridor.
      • 4. "You don't even know your own destiny..." Michael's chapter, a few rooms before his escape from the Forbidden City.

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