Like it was discussed there - the cow level has up to 10 levels, it's always the crypt theme, always comes with cows filled from beginning to end, always ends with the Lord of Bells, and sometimes even has the Jar of Souls event (or something similar) with cows.
It is super rare, but overall (in my opinion) much better than the D2 cow level. I hope you get to see it at some point, I'm sure you'll be amazed :-)
This is one case where they didn't need to "improve" anything. This aspect shouldn't be a competition, especially when on considers their first attempt at a "secret" level.
Like I said, sounds fun, now that someone managed to type enough words to actually bother to describe it. Doesn't sound as neat, too restricted like everything in D3 is when compared to it's little brother.
I am with ruksak on this one. having it be a random find that just shows up makes it feel like any other rift... just with cows. There is no way to get to it garenteed. I loved the old one and the ability to go when you wanted. All they need to do is take this rift and turn it accessible via whimsyshire route. Collect items get a staff or better yet a cowbell and bam you can go when you like. It doesn't have to be more efficient then any other run. Just average. It allows people who want to see it to see it, show it off to friends that they got it, and just hell mass murder lots of cows. Lower their exp even so that it comes in at around the same as a normal rift or w/e THAT would be more worthy of the Cow Level name then what we got.
Reading through this thread, I think both those who enjoy just having cows to kill and ruksak are on to something. Having the farmable event is a bit blah after a while, so the random chance is a fun incentive to keep rerolling rifts over and over again. That said, the hyper-simple mechanics referenced by Ruksak of the old Cow Level were awesome: an open field of bovine death—no tight corridors, no tricks, no hidden features, just wave after wave after wave of murderous cows.
What if they were to combine the two? Rift Portal X drops you down into a wide open field with tall green grass swaying in the gentle breeze, a rickety old picket fence creaks to your left. A cold October sun shines on your face and the smell of tilled earth fills the air. Then suddenly a chill rushes down your spine as from somewhere far off the faintest whisper of your age-old foe drifts to your ears:
What if they were to combine the two? Rift Portal X drops you down into a wide open field with tall green grass swaying in the gentle breeze, a rickety old picket fence creaks to your left. Then suddenly a chill rushes down your spine as from somewhere far off the faintest whisper of your age-old foe drifts to your ears:
Honestly I would love to see that as the easy access version I described above. Perhaps they should have both. Have the rift boss of the rift cow level drop a Cowbell of the Field (100% drop rate due to it being a really rare rift) or something then from then on go to where you would for whimsey but carry that instead. You end up in the wide open area old school style. That way there is the rift surprise reward for people who want variety and heck they could even make it more rewarding and then have the item access at anytime version be there for people who just want a good old fashioned cow slaughtering time.
I have encountered the rift cow level.. all mobs are cows (infernal bovine, infernal shaman, infernal spearman).. even got the elite cow mob and rift guardian named lord of bells.. I have couple of screenshots but I dunno how to place pictures here properly
Got this rift a few days ago. I was lucky enough to get the 'Jar of Souls' type event in my cow level rift as well. Each cow killed granted me 1.6m exp at Torment 1 and had another rare mob to kill at the end of the event. Unfortunately my stream video was deleted and I was not able to capture the event on level 3 of the rift.