With the highly anticipated release of 'The Last Jedi' only weeks away, enthusiasm for all things Star Wars is at an all-time high. It's the perfect environment to launch the latest Star Wars Battlefront II game... in spite of recent controversies around it's pay-to-win game mechanics.
A kid is dismayed when his new neighbour appears to have succumbed to the dark side of the Force, sparking a rivalry which plays out over decades - from birthday party posturing to tree house one-upmanship and beyond.
The pair are determined to out-fan each other with their escalating pranks, and the narrative does a good job of making the advertised game a logical next platform for their fun. There's lovely design work throughout, including small touches like the 'Imperial' moving company, the kids' Jedi and Sith themed clothing colours, and a sculpted R2-D2 snow prank.
The climax - when game and real world collide - is masterfully executed. In contrast to a recent Skyrim ad (in which live-action segued into game cut scene), the head-first dive into battle feels tangible and exciting here - and far more compelling than any potential romantic twist would have been. Skillful work from all involved.