James Taylor is an AMS agent and the protagonist appearing in House of the Dead 2 and returns in House of the Dead 4. He is partnered with Gary Stewart in the second House of the Dead and Kate Green in the fourth game.
In House of the Dead 2, James is depicted to have a short black hair in a brown shade. But during flashbacks in House of the Dead 4, his hair is dark brown with a half fringe on the left side.
His appearance in House of the Dead 2 as an AMS agent, James wears a light gray formal suit jacket with a white long sleeve button shirt with a gray-silver neck tie on the collar, light gray pants and black shoes.
In Typing of the Dead, he gains a laptop with a large yellow travel backpack as an accessory to his primary attire where he can kill zombies just by typing the word written beneath the enemy.
In the flashback of House of the Dead 4, his formal suit from his primary attire is depicted as gray.
In the present of House of the Dead 4, James' hair is cut shorter and styled in spiky ends as the color of his hair is pale brown due to his age. He now wears a long gray trenchcoat with a large collar, a black long sleeve collared shirt in an extended collar, matching pants and brown shoes.
The House of the Dead 2Edit
James Taylor and his partner Gary Stewart were sent to neutralize a new undead threat. They defeat the huge Judgment and the fish-like Hierophant before meeting up with two other fellow agents, Harry Harris and Amy Crystal. They find out that the undead attack was organized by a man named Caleb Goldman, who used the same technology that Dr. Roy Curien (the main antagonist in the first game) used to create his undead.
James and Gary go through some underground tunnels to get to the Roman Coliseum where Goldman has told them to go, along the way they meet Tower, a huge multi-headed snake-like beast that killed a large number of civilians. They arrive at the Coliseum and find Amy and Harry trapped with Harry seriously injured by a huge chainsaw wielding beast called Strength. They defeat it and Harry gives the agents a key to a car they could use to get to Goldman's headquarters. After encountering Judgment and Hierophant again, they were attacked outside the headquarters by The Magician who was revived by Goldman. This time the agents have the advantage because they know the monster's weak points.
They travel to the top floor of the building and confront Goldman. Goldman then unleashes his greatest creation, the Emperor, that was made to rule over humanity. James and Gary defeat the mutation after a long fight. Goldman then tells the two agents that "in time a successor will come". He then bids them farewell and commits suicide by jumping off the roof of the building. When Gary asks James if they did the right thing. He replies "Don't know. But, we have to find the answer by ourselves." Then James bids Goldman farewell as the agents leave the building.
The House of the Dead 4 Edit
In The House of the Dead 4, James Taylor and newcomer Kate Green are gathering intelligence at the fifth basement floor of the AMS European branch office. The former of the two still has the events of the 2000 "Goldman Case" on his mind, and believes that the ordeal had not yet ended. A sudden earthquake rocks the room while they talk, collapsing the basement walls and leaving the agents trapped inside.Several days later, Kate and James await a rescue team. James' PDA goes off, and a group of undead are seen on the security cameras. Realizing that they are in danger, James has Kate gather all the weaponry they can find in preparation for the arrival of their foes. Soon after, the two travel through the sewers to an information room where they uncover a plot to fire nuclear missiles worldwide within 24 hours' time, facing the four armed Justice and a pair of mutant tarantulas known as The Lovers along the way. Taking the subway into zombie-infested streets from an underground shopping district, the agents narrowly avoid attacks by The Empress, a double-ended chainsaw-wielding assassin, and the obese, nearly impervious Temperance.
James and Kate then learn that the one-time president of the now-defunct DBR Corporation, Goldman, who committed suicide, is responsible for the resurgence of undead. After reaching the surface, finding the city about them completely obliterated, James and Kate receive a PDA message sent by Goldman: the nuclear missile launch will occur in one hour. After the agents set out for the abandoned Goldman Building, a levitating humanoid, The Star, prevents their advance in the foyer. Destroying The Star, the agents continue onwards.
Ultimately, they arrive in time to halt Goldman's plans, though it is revealed that his true intention is to revert humankind to its original state in order to prevent them from harming the planet any further. As such, his final legacy, The World, is released in the opening of " Pandora's Box" to fulfill its role as the successor to his original Emperor project in 2000, having developed underground since his death. As the AMS agents fight it, the World continuously alters its form to meet their threats, each time growing larger and more powerful. Following the World's second defeat, James sets his PDA to self-destruct, telling Kate not to give up hope, killing himself, alongside the World in the following explosion.
In another ending, G claims that the undead crisis was not over yet and says: "We'll fight this back to the source. It's time for you to rest now, James." As G walks away from the ruins of pandora's box, a zoom is made on Goldman's building. The game continues in The House of the Dead III, making another story in the game itself.
- James is named after the real life American singer James Taylor.
- He is the agent shown in the Training mode for House of the Dead 2.
- James' death was foretold by Goldman in HoTD 4's intro, with Goldman saying "There is no way to avoid your fate, James."
- He was mentioned (by Kate) after the final boss fight against Magician in The House of the Dead 4: Special.
- If the player plays a 2-player game, the ending is different. After James said that the crisis is over, Gary asks James if they did the right thing. James replied that he doesn't know, and they must find the answer themselves, for as long as they try to keep on living.
- James' HOTD4 appearance bears a slight resemblance to actor Harrison Ford.
- James may be an ambitious man or a man with high expectation on himself, as when the player plays on the left hand side in the fourth game and earns a C or lower rating, he'll complain that he loses his touch.