The final video of Spoony's SWAT 4 playthrough. Not only does he finish the hardest level in the game in his first playthrough , but his AI subordinates actually show some competence for once: one even manages a headshot with a shotgun at long range. Hell, it's more a crowning moment of awesome for the AI companions than him.
The synchronized kills as his 2 AI companions drop 2 terrorists the second they point their gun at him was a particular highlight.
Not a crowning moment for himself, but for Squall at the end of his Final Fantasy VIII review. After talking endlessly on how ridiculous the Gunblade's design is, after Squall impales him he asks him to at least tell him what the "gun" part of the Gunblade does. Squall answers by pulling the trigger, firing Spoony off the length of the blade and into a wall.
Even better: After witnessing a gunblade's power firsthand, he begins using one himself against foes like Tidus, The Guardian, and even the Highlander: Last of the Mac Leods!
Winning the Mashable Open Web Award for funniest person to follow, cause that's pretty badass for a guy who receives his entire budget from some ads and mostly donations, and has no hype machine beyond his fanbase backing him. Maybe this is a joint CMoA, for both his fans and for him.
The ending of Part 3 of the Final Fantasy X review. Those are damn near cinematic production values there.
Could've had something to do with 'Constantine' playing in the background, still awesome though.
Calling out Spike Games after they dismissed his review of the Deadliest Warrior game as deluded, and argued the game would have been better if they had a bigger budget. Spoony rubbished their claims about the budget by pointing out that Spike Games is a subsidary of Spike TV, so it was hardly like they were a no-budget indy studio, and that if you get a small budget then the smart thing is to make the most of it rather make a cheap cash-in, so that you would receive a larger budget for your next title.
Especially since he took the time to pop into a convenience store and buy a cheap wristwatch before he posed for the photos. While many people at PAX used the car for a photo op, he was (according to the car's owners) the only one to actually bother with props.
Nick's animated intro seen in the Wendy's training video riff, stuffed to the brim with callbacks to various projects and clearly a huge labor of love.
Accomplishing what neither The Angry Video Game Nerd nor his tech-support pal could—managing to get a Jaguar CD to work for his review of Highlander: Last Of The MacLeods, and actually being able to finish the game and obtain all the footage he needed right before the system permanently broke down. The Gods Of Reviewing were certainly smiling down upon him that day.
With his vlog "Health Update" he gets quite a few retroactive ones. All that wearing heavy costumes under hot lights, dragging around his filming equipment and trying to fix up his greenscreen setup, and all of Kickassia? He did all of it while suffering from a serious heart problem that could kill him (or at least make him feel like he's dying as he passes out) if he does too much strenuous activity. Now that is Doing It for the Art.
It wasn't just any hot light—it was a freakin' Tungsten. For that alone, he gets major props.
How about his rant before that, where he really tears into the ending and how it totally screws over the core principles of the Highlander series?
The Deadliest Character showdown between Mechagodzilla from the Godzilla films and the original Megazord. Everyone (be it the fellow That Guy with the Glasses regulars or those watching it online) were wowed by the animation that was used for this battle when the episode premiered at the 2010 charity drive.
For that matter, getting both Power Rangers fan Linkara and Godzilla fan James Rolfe to act as the guest experts, especially when Spoony has had disagreements with Rolfe in the past.
And what could possibly be cool enough to follow this up in the next episode? THE BORG VS. THE DALEKS!
Spoony as the Nostalgia Critic. It's kind of scary.
Similarly, his impersonation of The Cinema Snob. He gets it down to the reactions.
The final battle against Black Lantern Spoony, and how he is "defeated."
Let's not forget just before that when Tidus shows up, and starts trash talking. Spoony grins at the camera remarking that "Sometimes, life's good to me", before picking up his Gunblade & loading it with bullets. All the while, Tidus is still talking, saying that he's not going to use his sword; but the most destructive force in Spira, a Blitzball. Which Spoony then punctures before Tidus can use it, before attacking Tidus & screaming about how he hates Final Fantasy X.
During the 2010 charity drive, everyone was asked to name their choice for the greatest animated film of all time. The choice of Spoony, who's stated a few times that he doesn't care that much for anime, even the good ones? Grave of the Fireflies.
Similarly, during a Doctor Who-related discussion on Lord Kat's stream (which was obviously meant to antagonize Spoony, as he hates the show), Linkara jokingly asked Spoony who his favorite Doctor was; without missing a beat, he replied, "Rowan Atkinson."
Spoony's long talk about how iMPACT! disgusted him due to utilizing Kurt and Karen Angle's children as fodder for storylines really hit home as an awesome moment: regardless of what you think of Spoony's behaviour to his fans, you do not fuck with children on Spoony's watch.
He delivers the ultimate Take That to Avatar, illustrating how cheesy '80s action movie Mercenary Fighter matches the plot beat for beat.
Spoony appropriating Linkara's "I am a man!" and doing a Groin Attack on a Headless.
Now me on the other hand... I fight like a dirty bastard.
Any time he has to go to a location an exert any large amounts of physical effort could be included thanks to his heart condition that can reduce him to a pale dying mess on the floor. In particular he not only had to deal with that, but injured his back while handling his equipment in E3 2011, which he managed to stave off until he returned home and relaxed, which his back took as an opportunity to immediately seize up and force him to go to the hospital to get it treated. This isn't the first time Spoony has shrugged off a major injury until it simply refused to be ignored, but it sorta speaks to his Determinator style that he keeps it from interfering with his work until he simply has no other choice but to get it taken care of.
In his Lords of Magick review, his argument that—no matter how bad and low budget that film is—it still presents a more believable and well-plotted example of a character being corrupted by evil than the Star Wars prequels.
Flipping eleven coasters. Sure, Sad Panda soon blows his record away, but since the most their guide had ever seen successfully flipped was six, it's quite impressive from an American who'd never heard of the game before.
The fact that his Vlog of Breaking Dawn actually manages to be longer than the actual movie, and far more entertaining and intelligent. While he's drunk off his ass.
His vlog about Channel Awesome's trip to Washington DC includes a story of Spoony scared out of his mind filming Angry Joe as Corporate Commander, on the steps of the US Capitol, all while a sniper on the roof is keeping an eye on them.
Kind of a CMOA for both Spoony and X-2: Spoony finding one good thing about the game by acknowledging that the "A Thousand Words" cutscene was "actually really good" considering how much he tore apart the opening song of the game and "Eyes On Me."
For better context, he prepared himself for the concert, thinking it would be as bad as the opening theme and was already riffing on it by editing in lightning bolts.
And he ends it by saying he never wants people complaining about how he never says anything positive again.
From the new opening has Spoony using a new weapon, the "Oreo Cannon". Badass Adorable personified, anyone?
Someone took Spoony's infamous "Betrayal" rant (regarding the X-Com reboot) and made a song around it. Watch it here.
Spoony himself found the video so amusing and creative that he tweeted the song's link to his followers.
And then using it in the opening of the second part of the Ultima IX review.
His review of Ultima IX had him tearing into the game and even had a Counter Gag, counting the numbers of plot holes and inconsistencies or "Betrayals" the game had. It ended up at 93 by the end of the first part. What's really funny is that the last 40 in the first video were done in less then ten minutes. He stopped this in part two, but mostly because 1) it was getting annoying and 2) he realized that he can't judge all "betrayals" equally. However, he does point out that it went high in those first twenty minutes of playing the game, and he gathered clips to replace the counter.
The detailed account of What Could Have Been to ensure we fully understand how pissed off the game makes him.
Calling out Richard Garriott over the repeated instances in the Ultima series of the Avatar being forced into killing children. Despite his usual schtick of playing up his anger about everything, it's clear that he's genuinely offended and disgusted by it.
At the end of his crossover review of Transformers 3 with Brad Jones, he makes one last ditch effort to reason with the It's Not Supposed to Win Oscars crowd, that this movie could have been so much better, even as a simple summer blockbuster where shit gets blown up, if the story was more stream-lined, more focused on the Autobots, there was no pointless characters and sub-plots, offensive stereotypes, etc.
Having an item in Torchlight II named after him. Videogame Immortality achieved!
The vlogs on Paranormal Activity 4 and Sinister, which are more a video essay on how horror films work, and why jump scares can't carry one.
Note that he says that jump scares are not in and of themselves bad, and are indeed effective in carrying fear and horror when they're few and are built up enough to make them worth it, but they become the lowest form of horror if they're too numerous.
His rant in the Skyfall vlog against the compulsion to remake old classics when they could just release them as-is into theatres. While his angrish on the subject is rather amusing, the whole thing is one big good point, especially since they could make money without having spend money to make a new film to cash in on the old film's popularity.
Final Fantasy XIII is so bad, Spoony started off the review admitting to taking back most of what he said about Final Fantasy VIII being a terrible, if not the worst, Final Fantasy game around. Granted, it still sucks, but at least it felt like a Final Fantasy game. Something which Final Fantasy XIII fails to grasp from the word go.
"Hey, shithead! [...] Fuck you! [...] You got my mom killed, you gungho cockbrain! You grin like an asshole and for fuck's sake, brush that fucking hair off from between your fucking eyes, you slimy little jizzbucket! Fuck you! *flips a double bird*"
His Ultima Retrospective Youtube playlist was shared by Richard Garriott himself! See Here.
Spoony, after seeing the twist in Night Claws and being cheated out of what to him sounded to be one of the most Crazy Awesome ideas in movie history, rips into the every single moment right after the "betrayal", including how the Sasquatch scientist was really a bounty hunter the entire time and Frank Stallone's one and only scene, then proceeds to call it the worst Reb Brown movie ever.
In the Prometheus vlog, he and Miles give articulate arguments as to why, in their opinions, the movie is not as intelligent as it thinks it is.
Pointing out, during his Final Fantasy XIII review, that Lightning is quite happy to leave an entire town to die of starvation by cutting off their food supply; and that the PSICOM soldiers that the player mows down by the platoon are actually heroic as they're just trying to protect the populus from the L'Cie, who they've been told are terrorists.
His Iron Man 3 Vlog has him pointing out in an angry state about how offensive it is in his opinion that the Extremis soldiers are war veterans that lost their limbs and are fighting America because of that.
Spoony ending his review of Final Fantasy XIII not with riffing on the ending or even the final boss, but losing it when he comes across a talking fal'Cie, prompting him to rip apart why it causes the entire plot to collapse in on itself.
Right after looking that the video for the Wrestlemania VCR game and seeing that the video consists of nothing but random clips with text describing points, he states, despite his early surprise with the game getting the most votes, that he understood that people voted for it because they wanted to see hammy acting. Most likely from Hulk Hogan. The video fails to even deliver on that, and that the other VCR board games have higher production values than the video did, and in fact his own videos have higher production values and proceeds to make clips in the style the video did to show how cheap they are. He points out that that the title in fact lies as most of the clips aren't even from a Wrestlemania, and the ones that are from Wrestlemania are from Wrestlemania IV, which is regarded as one the weakest of the series, and clips from the same match aren't shown in right order, so a person would like to watch the video for the clips can't even do that.
Let's admit it, Spoony impersonating all four wrestlers flawlessly was a pretty damn awesome display of acting.
Actually coming up with 20 minutes of entertaining material out of the mind-numbingly boring game VCR Golf.
SWAT 4 Mission #15 is one long, brutal (and still hilarious) Take That to Russia's shockingly homophobic laws that have had the spotlight thrust on them thanks to the Olympics.
Richard Garriot actually meeting him in person and saying he not only loves his videos, but actually appreciates the criticism that Spoony has dished out over the years.