This area just does not match how any other area works. Even if one does not attack the Tree Hearts, if one uses a loud weapon, every enemy in the area are alerted (even the Pod Wolves far, far removed). I understand that this is what is supposed to happen when attacking the Tree Hearts. However, in other areas one is allowed to use loud weapons if the attack happens far enough away from other enemies. This does not seem to apply in this area.
Even when all enemies are alerted, the do not react as they do in other areas. Here they just stay put and do not assault.
It just doesn’t match the gameplay in all other areas and feels like a totally disjointed component of an otherwise excellent game.