The graphics are pretty advanced for this title. My little video card felt like the little engine that could. I had to turn everything off to enjoy a higher frame rate. The buildings have a high level of detail, which helps to decipher them quickly when you look across the growing spread of your city. There are many unique animations that go along with the hustle and bustle of the city's daily movements. Of course, who can resist checking out the arena for some sport.
The sound was right on the mark for my expectations. The immersion was good, but like any Sim game, you reach a level of repetition of sound as you constantly have to do the same tasks over and over. The city sounds are well recieved as you move across your city to different areas to see what your populace is up to. The theme music is catchy and addictive. You may even find yourself humming it, if you are not careful.