SPOILERS AHEAD for The Last of Us. Naughty Dog's latest isn't intended to provide a branching, choice-driven storyline. It’s a resolutely linear, resoundingly affecting tale of survival and responsibility that, while entirely on-rails, does do a great job of making you feel burdened with the weight of your increasingly brutal actions. Throughout the course of the story, there’s a subtle, almost ambient sense of guilt about the kind of experiences you're putting Ellie through, and the kind of things she’s having to do, in the name of keeping you both alive.
That is, until the end. With Ellie anesthetized and unwittingly ready for a fatal brain surgery that might well save all of mankind, Joel snaps. Having lost one daughter already, he decides that saving Ellie is more important than saving everyone else, and busts her out in a roaring rampage of bloodshed. There’s no moral choice here. Joel has made the decision for Ellie and the player. While the lack of branching ending possibilities annoyed many, it’s also a brave move, subverting traditional video game heroism in favor of a more real, more flawed, reality. But still, you've doomed mankind to indefinite suffering. And you didn't get any other option.