Just for the story part. Of course online mode is bad because of hackers and glitchers but at least try the story mode before playing this. If you want, you can try online but hackers and glitchers encounters are probably low since people moves on to newer games.
im not so sure about that, i'd just jump straight into Conduit 2 if you dont want the single player. but if you want to do the single player as well as the multiplayer then by all means yes do get The Conduit because you'll be blank as to what's happening in Conduit 2 if you dont play The Conduit.
I agree with ddd87. I haven't played Conduit 1, but if the Coduit 2 is good I'll probably just skip the first one and play the second one. Any plot points I need filled I can probably find on the internet in about fifteen minutes.