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I'm James. You don't know me but I sure remember you. Me and Sinamoi had a… slight difference of opinion. He wanted to stay put and wait for help, I wanted to get the hell out of there, so I got the hell out.
— James, speaking about his conflict with Sinamoi.

James Stein is a survivor featured in Dead Island.


He is the leader of the survivors barricaded inside the Lighthouse. He was one of the two people that saved the Hero in the beginning of the game. Before the Hero wakes up, James and some of the other survivors leave Sinamoi to find a safer place to stay at, which turns out to be the Lighthouse. He's next met when the Heroes travel to the Lighthouse to find a signal amplifier for Dominic in the side quest On the Air.

After meeting the Heroes again, he gives the side quest Knockin' on Heaven's Door to help out the other survivors at the Lighthouse. After this, James also offers the side quest Counsel of Despair, in which he asks the Hero to complete the unfinished "HELP" sign north of the Lighthouse. He remains at the Lighthouse with the survivors for the rest of the game, waiting for help to come.


James is a late middle aged man with brown hair, a full beard, and a moustache. Unlike most male survivors in the Resort, James is fully dressed with dark orange shirt with a floral design, a white undershirt, white cargo shorts, white socks, and white and grey sneakers.


  • Oddly, Roger Nelson claims that James is his brother, despite the fact that they have different surnames and accents. It is likely that Roger was using the term "brother" as a way of saying that James is a good friend, rather than claiming that the two are actually siblings.
  • James offers the heroes a spot if they ever get off the island. The heroes never speak with them again and even escape on a helicopter, leaving them behind.