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    *                      FAQ Written by Zephyrmaster                   *
    *               Andrew Sherman - zephyrmaster@yahoo.com              *
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    Created on : 9/15/02   Last Update : 2/24/03   Updates-5  Version 1.11
    
    Updates:
    
    2/24/03
    + Updated Credits/Etc. Section
    + Other minor changes
    1/12/03
    + ASCII title added
    + Minor changes and updates
    11/18/02-
    + Updated player names on All-Madden Team (Contributed by DaddyBear)
    + Added a few more hints and questions.
    + Added 'Thanks' section
    + A little here, a little there (touchups)
    
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    Table of Contents
    Introduction
    
    1- FAQ about Madden 2002 for GBA
    
    2- Menu and Options Explanations
    
    3- Team Information with complete ratings listed
      -All Madden Team Information
    
    4- Button Commands
      -Menu buttons
      -In game buttons
    
    5- Strategy, tips, and hints
    
    6- Credits + Extras
       -Thanks
       -Problems? Comments? Questions?
    
    
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    *                          Introduction                               *
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    Madden 2002 is a Gameboy Advance game that tries to simulate the game of
    football. It uses all the same rules as the NFL, and those rules can be
    found almost anywhere on the internet. This game isn't a very highly
    acclaimed game for the Gameboy Advance, but it is one of my favorites.
    This game was one of the first sports games in general for the GBA, and
    it is pretty good. This is the first generation of what I hope will be
    many games in the series on a handheld platform.
    
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    Q: How do I tackle another player?
    A: Press L while you are on defense (you get used to it).
    
    Q: How do I pass the ball?
    A: After pressing A to hike the ball, press A to see the list of
    recievers. Just press a corresponding button to pass to the reciever.
    
    Q: Are there any unlockable things in this game?
    A: Nope, sorry.
    
    Q: Are there any easter eggs for this game?
    A: Not really, but after you score a touchdown, pressing A, B, L, and
    R produce sounds. B is a horn, A is a whisle, and L and R are "body
    sounds".
    
    Q: What are the highest ranked teams?
    A: The Buccaneers, All-Madden Team, Raiders, Ravens, Packers, and
    the Titans.
    
    Q: I can't run the ball? How do I run it well?
    A: Utilize the B (spin) and R (jump) buttons. Running towards the
    sideline or with good blocking is helpful in gaining good yardage on
    the ground.
    
    Q: What are your "favorite" plays?
    A: On offense, it's I-form : HB Strong. I can usually net 20+ yard
    gains, on the ground! On defense, I love the 3-4 7 man blitzes, as I
    can frequently block passes and pound them if they decide to run the
    ball!
    
    Q: I just pressed the audible button on accident! How do I "unaudible"?
    A: Try the L button. The other buttons will change the play. (You could
    always go into the menu and change an audible to your play and then
    select it, but that's the slow and tedious way of doing it.)
    
    Q: How do I do an onside kick?
    A: Press B to audible, then press B or A depending on which side you
    plan to kick it on.
    
    Q: I'm lazy, is there anyway I can beat a team without playing a whole
    game?
    A: Yes, but it's cheap. If you ever get ahead of a team in points,
    going to the options menu and selecting "End Game" at the bottom will
    immediately end the game at the current score.
    
    Q: Why are the Houston Texans so horrid in this game?
    A: Because in real life they are. Just kidding Texan fans, it's because
    the players EA put into the game are generic (i.e. No. 34... etc...),
    because the Texan's roster was far from finalized when this game was
    made.
    
    Q: Help! I can't find franchise mode! Where is it?
    A: Sorry again, Madden 2002 doesn't have a franchise mode.
    
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    *                          Menu Options                               *
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    General Menu Commands:
    B- Back
    A- Select/Continue
    Start- Continue
    
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    Game mode Explanations
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    Play Now- Play a game with two teams in any stadium and with multiple
    other options.
    
    New Season/Continue Season- Play a season where you play through the
    17 weeks until the playoffs and eventually the Superbowl.
    
    New Playoffs/Continue Playoffs- Play only the playoffs, and play until
    the Superbowl.
    
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    Game Options
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    Pregame-
    --------
    Quarters: Select a quarter length of 3, 5, 10, or 15 minutes
    
    Location: Select a location from 33 different stadiums
    
    Weather : Choose weather(fair, windy, raining, snowing, night, variable)
    
    Endurance: Turn endurance on/off
    
    In Game-
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    EA Sports Ticker (Only in Season Mode): Shows scores for other games
    being played by other teams.
    
    Instant Replay: Allows you to view an instant replay of your last play.
    Commands- L- Rewind  R- Fast Foward  B- Slow Motion  A- Play
    
    Statistics: Three options to view statistics:
    Game Stats- See stats like the score, totals plays/yards, td's, fg's,
    possession time, tackles, and much more. L and R scroll left and right.
    Team Stats- Shows stats of individual players. L and R scroll.
    Score Summary - Shows the total scores in each period plus brief
    descriptions of the last three scores.
    
    Gameplay Options:
    
    Set Audibles- Set audibles to the A,B, and R buttons on offense and on
    defense.
    Set Penalty Levels- Set various penalty levels on a scale of Off to 7.
    Set Music- Set music on or off.
    Pass Catch Mode- Manual or Auto. Auto makes the computer try to catch
    the ball for you. Manual is best for the experienced player.
    Passing Mode- 4 or one. With four recievers, each reciever corresponds
    to a button. That is the superior option for experienced players.
    
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    *                          Football Teams                             *
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    Complete Team Statistics:
    Alphabetical Order
    
    Key:
    QB- Quarterbacks       LB- Linebackers
    RB- Runningbacks       S- Safeties
    R- Recievers           K- Kicker
    OL- Offensive Line     P- Punter
    DL- Defensive Line
    
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    Team Name        Overall    QB   RB   R    OL   DL   LB   S   K     P
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Bears            2          2    2    2    2    2    2    2    2    1
    -Chicago
    
    Bengals          2          1    3    2    2    1    2    2    1    1
    -Cinncinati
    
    Bills            2          2    2    3    2    2    2    2    1    1
    -Buffalo
    
    Broncos          2          2    1    3    2    2    2    2    3    1
    -Denver
    
    Browns           2          2    1    2    2    2    3    2    1    2
    -Cleveland
    
    Team Name        Overall    QB   RB   R    OL   DL   LB   S   K     P
    
    Buccaneers       3          2    3    2    2    3    3    3    3    1
    -Tampa Bay
    
    Cardinals        2          1    1    2    1    1    2    2    1    1
    -Arizona
    
    Chargers         2          2    1    2    1    2    2    2    1    3
    -San Diego
    
    Chiefs           2          2    2    3    2    2    3    2    1    2
    -Kansas City
    
    Colts            2          2    3    2    3    2    2    2    2    1
    -Indianapolis
    
    Team Name        Overall    QB   RB   R    OL   DL   LB   S   K     P
    
    Cowboys          1          1    2    2    2    1    2    2    1    1
    -Dallas
    
    Dolphins         2          1    2    2    1    2    2    3    1    1
    -Miami
    
    Eagles           2          2    1    2    2    2    2    3    2    1
    -Philadelphia
    
    Falcons          2          2    2    2    1    2    2    3    1    1
    -Atlanta
    
    49ers            2          2    1    2    2    2    2    2    1    1
    -San Fransisco
    
    Team Name        Overall    QB   RB   R    OL   DL   LB   S   K     P
    
    Giants           2          2    2    2    3    2    3    3    1    1
    -New York
    
    Jaguars          2          2    2    3    1    2    2    2    1    1
    -Jacksonville
    
    Jets             2          2    3    2    2    1    2    3    1    2
    -New York
    
    Lions            2          1    2    3    2    3    3    2    1    1
    -Detriot
    
    Packers          3          3    2    2    1    2    2    3    1    1
    -Green Bay
    
    Team Name        Overall    QB   RB   R    OL   DL   LB   S   K     P
    
    Panthers         2          1    2    3    1    1    2    2    1    1
    -Carolina
    
    Patriots         2          2    1    2    1    2    2    3    1    1
    -New England
    
    Raiders          3          2    2    3    2    2    2    3    2    2
    -Oakland
    
    Rams             2          3    1    3    2    1    2    3    1    1
    -St. Louis
    
    Ravens           3          2    2    3    2    3    3    3    2    2
    -Baltimore
    
    Team Name        Overall    QB   RB   R    OL   DL   LB   S   K     P
    
    Redskins         2          2    2    2    1    2    2    3    1    1
    -Washington (D.C)
    
    Saints           2          1    2    2    3    3    2    2    2    1
    -New Orleans
    
    Seahawks         2          1    2    2    1    2    3    2    1    1
    -Seattle
    
    Steelers         2          1    2    2    2    1    3    2    1    2
    -Pittsburgh
    
    Titans           3          2    3    2    3    2    2    2    1    2
    -Tennessee
    
    Team Name        Overall    QB   RB   R    OL   DL   LB   S   K     P
    
    Vikings          2          3    1    3    1    2    2    2    1    3
    -Minnesota
    
    Texans           1          1    2    1    2    1    1    1    1    1
    -Houston
    
    All-Madden       3          3    2    3    3    3    3    3    1    2
    
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    Overall:
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    Highest rated teams (3):
    Raiders, Ravens, Packers, Titans, All Madden, Buccaneers
    
    Lowest rated teams (1 or low 2):
    Cowboys, Texans, Cardinals
    
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    Complete Player List for the All Madden Team:
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    Note: First names given when possible.
    
    Quarterbacks:
    Dante Culpepper, Kerry Collins, Donavan McNabb
    
    Runningbacks:
    Edgerrin James, Charlie Garner, Jamal Lewis
    
    Fullbacks:
    Stephen Davis, Duce Staley
    
    Recievers:
    Randy Moss, Issac Bruce, Terrance Owens, Cris Carter, McCafferey,
    J. Horn
    
    Tight Ends:
    Shannon Sharpe, Keyshawn Johnson, Marvin Harrison
    (Johnson and Harrison are actually recievers - DaddyBear)
    
    Offensive Line:
    Orlando Pace, Glenn Parker, Matt Birk, W. Jones, Jonathan Ogden,
    Tony Boselli, Larry Allen, E. Mulitalo
    
    Defensive Line:
    Michael Strahan, Warren Sapp, Leroy Glover, Hugh Douglas, J. Johnson,
    Tony Siragusa
    
    Linebackers:
    Chad Brown, Jeremiah Trotter, Ray Lewis, Derrick Brooks, Brian Urlacher,
    J. Armstead, Darren Woodson
    
    Cornerbacks:
    Champ Bailey, Troy Vincent, Jason Sehorn, Donny Abraham
    
    Safeties:
    Rod Woodson, John Lynch, Shawn Springs, L. Millow
    
    Kicker:
    Martin Gramatica
    
    Punter:
    Dean Bennett
    
    * (This list has been drastically improved by DaddyBear, who provided
    the real names for many of the players)
    
    Runningbacks:
    C. Garner = Charlie Garner (Raiders)
    J. Lewis = Jamal Lewis (Ravens)
    Fullbacks:
    S. Davis =Stephen Davis (Redskins)
    Recievers:
    Terrance Owens = Terrell Owens (49ers)
    McCafferey = Ed McCafferey (Broncos)
     J. Horn = Joe Horn (Saints)
    Tight Ends:
    K. Johnson = Keyshawn Johnson (Bucs) (Really a wide receiver)
    M. Harrison = Marvin Harrison (Colts) (really a wide receiver)
    Offensive Line:
     O. Pace = Orlando Pace (Rams)
    G. Parker = Glenn Parker (Giants)
    M. Birk = Matt Birk (Bucs?)
    W. Jones = Not Sure
    J. Ogden = Jonathan Ogden (Ravens)
    T. Boselli = Tony Boselli (Jaguars)
    L. Allen = Larry Allen (Cowboys)
    E. Mulitalo = Not Sure
    Defensive Line:
    W. Sapp = Warren Sapp (Bucs)
    M. Douglas = Shouldn't this be Hugh Douglas? (Eagles)
    J. Johnson = Not Sure
    Linebackers:
    C. Brown = Chad Brown (Steelers)
    J. Trotter = Jeremiah Trotter (Eagles)
    R. Lewis = Ray Lewis (Ravens)
    D. Brooks = Derrick Brooks (Bucs)
    B. Urlacher = Brian Urlacher (Bears)
    J. Armstead = Jesse Armstead (Giants)
    D. Woodson = Darren Woodson (Raiders?)
    Cornerbacks:
    C. Bailey = Champ Bailey (Redskins)
    T. Vincent = Troy Vincent (Eagles)
    D. Abraham = Donnie Abraham (Bucs)
    Safeties:
    R. Woodson = Rod Woodson (?)
    J. Lynch = John Lynch (Bucs)
    S. Springs = Shawn Springs (?, he used to play for Seahawks)
    L. Millow = Not Sure
    Kicker:
    Gramatica = Martin Gramatica (Bucs, his brother Bill who plays for
    Cards is horrible)
    Punter:
    D. Bennett = Dean Bennet (?)
    
    
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    Menu Controls
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    A- Select Option
    Start - Select Option
    B- Back
    
    Play Selection Screen
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    A- Select A play or type of play
    B- Select B play
    R- Select R play
    L- Return to full list
    
    Defense
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    L- Dive (Before hike: Switch player)
    R- Jump
    B- Speed up
    A- Switch player
    
    Offense
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    Before the snap:
    A- Hike
    B- Audible (Press A,B,or R to call one)
    <- or -> - Motion (available on some plays)
    
    As Qb:
    L- Dive
    R- Jump
    B- Spin
    A- Go into pass mode
    
    With the ball:
    L- Dive
    R- Jump
    B- Spin
    A- Speed burst
    
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    Choosing The Best Plays/Play Selection Srategy
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    Defense
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    4-3: Best used as a defense emphazizing run defense while having fairly
    good pass defense. Be warned, bombs can burn this defense.
    
    3-4: Very good defense for blitzing, allowing for 7 man blitzes! Okay
    at run and pass defense.
    
    Nickel: Best for pass defense in it's normal form. Mediocre run defense.
    
    Dime: All around average and good defense. Prevent 1 and Prevent 2 is
    useful to prevent a score or big gain.
    
    Goaline: All run defense, very poor pass defense. Use only if you are
    sure they will run (1-4 yard line), or if you really want to sack them
    (for a safety for instance)
    
    Special: FG and punt defensive plays
    
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    Offense
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    I-form: The premier running offense. The two backs in the backfield
    set up a situation with one runner and one dedicated blocker.
    Notable plays: HB Strong, HB Toss, Power Weak, Belly Weak/Stong
    
    Proform: A good all-around offense. Has the best long pass play and a
    few good running plays.
    Notable plays: Quick Outs, All Streaks
    
    Far + Near: Both of these types are generally used for running plays,
    though they do have some good screen passes and other short passes.
    Far - Notable plays: HB off tackle, HB/FB Dive
    Near - Notable plays: HB Toss, FB Dive
    
    Single Back: Good for both passing and running.
    Notable plays: HB Dives, Flea Flicker, Slot Reverse, HB Toss
    
    Shotgun: Great for passing, poor for running, but it is possible.
    Notable plays: Post, HB Draw
    
    Goaline: Obviously great for running short yardage but is also good
    for short passes.
    Notable plays: QB Sneak, HB Power, FB Power
    
    Special Teams: FG's, punts and fakes mainly.
    Notable plays: FG, Punt, Stop Clock, QB Kneel
    
    
    
    Various Tips and Hints
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    -If a ball is tipped, switch to a player near the ball and try to
    catch it. A tipped ball can be often caught, especially if you are on
    offense.
    
    -When running with the ball, don't press A to speed burst to often
    because that tires out your player faster.
    
    -If you want an easy victory, just end the game whenever you lead in
    points. The game will stop right there.
    
    -For greater ease in running the ball, use the spin (B) and the jump
    buttons (R) for your advantage. A well timed dive can also net you
    extra yardage. The best plays are generally runs to the outside.
    
    -When you pass the ball, make sure you pass correctly. If you are going
    deep with a long bomb, you should press the reciever button very
    quickly, and that will produce a lob pass. A long press produces a
    bullet pass.
    
    -If your passes are frequently tipped, press the pass button for less
    time and before you pass, make sure to back your QB away from all of
    the linemen.
    
    -Kicking field goals require a feathery touch and good skill. If you
    are planning to just kick a field goal, it may be worth the time to
    do a running play to center the ball in the middle of the field.
    Kicking a field goal from either of the stripes can be difficult due
    to the touchy lateral controls.
    
    -On kick and punt returns, try to reach the sidelines as soon as
    possible, as that will allow you to gain more yards.
    
    -On punt returns, I find it useful to reposition the cornerbacks to
    better slow down the recievers. If you don't the recievers will be able
    to get around your cornerbacks down the field.
    
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    *                         Credits & Extras                            *
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    Special Thanks:
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    DaddyBear, for his All-Madden Team player name updates
    
    EA Sports for creating this game
    
    Gamefaqs.com for obvious reasons
    
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